The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India is inviting comments and suggestions to improve the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process in the country. The Draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2020 is available on the MoEFCC website and can be downloaded by clicking here.
Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is a Report prepared by any Company or Project Proponent through a third party (usually an accredited Environment Impact Assessment Consultant Organization or ACO) before initiating a major “development” project. The Terms of Reference of how the EIA report has to be prepared is prescribed by the MoEFCC (or a similar body at the state level) and as per the instructions outlined in the EIA Notification.
This makes the EIA Notification an important document that has the capacity to protect Environment and Biodiversity. If the instructions and guidelines in the EIA Notification are not based on environmental considerations, it could also have negative impact on the environment.
In the case of the Draft EIA Notification 2020, environmentalist are already expressing concern since the Notification seems to do away with the public hearings for many projects and ease rules for expansion of projects among other things. We are today living in a time when environmental degradation is rampant and economic concerns are unfortunately overriding environmental and survival concerns in many cases.
We thus urge all environmentalists, thinkers, policy persons and advocates of environmental protection to rigorously go through these Draft EIA Notifications and contribute towards making it a robust and meaningful document. The last date for filing your comments and suggestions is 11 August 2020.
Comments and Suggestions can be emailed to:
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Indira Paryavaran Bhawan
Jor Bagh Road, Aliganj
New Delhi – 110003
or they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org