New Delhi: Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan said her ministry tried to be scrupulously fair when it came to deciding on project clearances, seeking to counter criticism that the approval process was holding back development.

“When environmental clearances come, we, at the ministry, have to be very sure that the concerns with which we look at projects should be totally objective, fair, accountable, transparent and absolutely clear to the people who are asking for those clearances so that nobody can say that environment is standing on their way," Natarajan said while speaking at an event to mark World Environment Day.

The environment ministry has often been criticised by other infrastructure ministries for delaying environment and forest clearances. Natarajan added that there can be no development without sustainable environment in the country. She said that green clearances are not an obstacle in the development of the country, as natural resources cannot be replaced by money, coal or iron ore.

Natarajan said that sustainable growth cannot take place unless environment was accorded importance.

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