It should have obtained clearance under the provisions of Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 1994.
The 2014 environment protection amendment rules provide exemption from such clearances to educational institutes, industrial sheds, and hospitals, Shankarnarayanan said.
According to the order, the project has been undertaken by the Kalinga Nagar Development Authority for the development of urban forests as part of pollution control measures.
VN Nayak, an environmentalist from Ankola, said instead of making the existing Ankola-Hubballi road into four lanes, it is good to take up the railway project as it is more eco-friendly.
According to the website of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, almost sixty percent of power is still generated from fossil fuels.
Thoothukudi-based Prince Cardoza on Monday filed a writ petition in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, seeking cancellation of the EC granted to the Sterlite in 2007.
INO project director says MoEF may not insist on EIA, public hearing