In the run-up to the 2014 general elections in 2014, the BJP had targeted the UPA for making green clearances a major obstacle in country’s economic development.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan on Friday issued notice to the environmentalist, on whose plea the high court had issued the direction.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice to the Environment Ministry on the application which seeks modification to the court's June 30 judgement.
The undertaking made by the government to plant 10 saplings for every tree cut down by them is also not being implemented, they added.
In a letter to Javadekar, Baghel also made several suggestions urging him to consider them in the interest of environment conservation and forest dwellers before finalising the notification.
Former chief minister Oommen Chandy said the draft notification should be published in all regional languages so as to make necessary changes.
The matter came up before the environment ministry’s expert appraisal committee at its meeting on July 29-30 while considering the construction of the Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said the EIA 2020 is only a draft and not a final notification and the ministry has received thousands of suggestions from the public.
Environmentalists identify over 30 policy dilutions that can have devastating effects on the ecosystem.
The draft EIA 2020, according to the plea, provides for post facto approval of projects and does away with public consultation in some cases.
Rahul Gandhi's objections to draft EIA 'unnecessary and premature': Union minister Prakash Javadekar
Javadekar said that those opposing the draft EIA 2020 are the same people who took 'big decisions without consultations' when they were in power.
The draft EIA notification, which involves procedure of issuing environmental clearances to various projects, was issued by the Environment Ministry in March.
For millions of Indians, already living on the edge, the environment isn't an abstract term, but a life and livelihood issue, Rahul Gandhi said.
The statement has come in the wake of an attempt by the MoEF&CC to dilute the environmental regulations to facilitate ease of doing business.
He has written to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar registering his strongest objections, saying the notification legitimises illegality as far as environmental regulation is concerned.