Why green reform is a grave step back
India’s environmental clearance process is riddled with delays. Will proposed reform make it better or worse?
The new relaxations appear to tilt the balance in favour of project promoters. The most significant change is the legitimization of post-facto clearance after ecological damage is done
BENGALURU : The draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020, released by the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) has been mired in controversy ever since it was placed in the public domain in March. This notification, which aims to replace the existing EIA Notification, 2006, has been in the spotlight even more due to the occurrence of two high-profile industrial accidents recently—the gas leak at the LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam and the fire at Oil India Limited’s Baghjan oil well in Assam’s East Tinsukia district. In retrospect, both projects were found not to have all the required clearances.