NGT opposes govt decision to exempt environmental clearance prior construction


Accommodation Times News Service

Terming the ministry’s decision to exempt realty projects from seeking prior environmental clearance as ‘absurd’, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notices to MoEF (Ministry of Environment and Forests) and MoUD (Ministry of Urban Development).

It all said that all the building projects for time being will be heed to tribunal’s order in the matter. The observation was made while hearing to a petition against the center Society by Protection of Environment and Biodiversity.

The changes were made in the decade long applicable rules and regulations put forward by the ministry under which a construction scheme of more than 20,000 square meters in size had to take up an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).

Following the guidelines of the ministry, the study had to be done in a bid to understand the effect that the construction is likely to have on the surrounding environment. It is only after the project is deemed to be safe by the investigating authority that the State Environment Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAA) provides with environmental clearance to the project.

But under the new draft notification issued on April 29, 2016, the buildings between 20,000 square meters -1,50,000 square meters of size will now be relieved from the going through the time consuming procedure of pursuing environmental permit from SEIAA. That is not to say, however, that the builders will now have blanket insulation against such approvals.

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