EIA DRAFT 2020: THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Every last week of the month we will be focussing on “CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES”. We are really sorry that this blog is coming a bit late. But you also know sooner or later we will have a blog for you which is worth your 5-minute read. Coming back to our topic of this week, it is Climate Change and in this we have alot to cover. Many aspects are important I know, but while you are reading this blog we are losing out on time to this particular cause. So, read this article carefully and till the end as participation from each and every one of you counts. By participation I mean just by sharing this blog you can participate in the cause. I’ll explain how for now we’ll get straight into the blog.

As by seeing the title you can assume that we’ll be talking about EIA DRAFT NOTIFICATION 2020. Now there might be people who don’t know what EIA is ?? what is happening to it now ?? and what can we do during a lockdown?? So, here’s a guide of all the list of things required.

WHAT IS EIA???

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process of evaluating the likely environmental impacts of a proposed project or development, taking into account inter-related socio-economic, cultural and human-health impacts, both beneficial and adverse.

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO IT NOW???

Recently, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has proposed a draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020, that seeks to replace the current notification which goes back to 2006.

The draft notification is issued under the powers vested in the central government under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to take all such measures for “protecting and improving the quality of the environment”.

According to the government, the new notification is being brought in order to make the process more transparent and expedient by the implementation of an online system, further delegation, rationalisation and standardisation of the process. However, the environmentalist said that the draft will further dilute the EIA process.

EIA process FLOWCHART

Issues Pertaining to Draft EIA Notification 2020

POST-FACTO APPROVAL

The new draft allows for post-facto approval for projects. It means that the clearances for projects can be   awarded even if they have started construction or have been running phase without securing environmental clearances.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROCESS

The draft notification provides for a reduction of the time period from 30 days to 20 days for the public to submit their responses during a public hearing for any application seeking environmental clearance.

The danger is that if adequate time is not given for the preparation of views, comments and suggestions to those who would be affected by the project, then such public hearings would not be meaningful.

COMPLIANCE REPORT ISSUE

The 2006 notification required that the project proponent submit a report every six months, showing that they are carrying out their activities as per the terms on which permission has been given

However, the new draft requires the promoter to submit a report only once every year.

BYPASSING EIA PROCESS

Through the draft notification, the central government gets the power to categorise projects as “strategic”.

Once a project is considered as strategic, the draft notification states that no information related to such projects shall be placed in the public domain.

On a positive note, the 2020 draft notification has a clause dedicated to definitions to several terms related to EIA. It may be beneficial in the sense that it consolidates the EIA rules and has the potential of alleviating some ambiguity in the present law.

If you want to read the draft EIA 2020, click on the link below:

Now if you want to bring the change there is an activist group named LET INDIA BREATHE. They have written the email to the concerned authority you just have to click on the Link below and follow the instructions:

https://letindiabreathe.in/WithdrawDraftEIA2020?fbclid=IwAR0jXZFzlj1jjZUwG520QfI_a9OGmm5m6g9fGWjN-YvnclNTVU-Mva9t-Gs

if you want to see how these simple changes in the laws can bring complex change in our society do watch this video:

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16 thoughts on “EIA DRAFT 2020: THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

  1. Well written and easy to understand..!! Thanks for this..

    What’s great is that you cover a wide range of topics… It’s always fun to read and then wonder what’s coming up next..!! 💯

    Make way..!!! 💫

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  2. There is one thing to notice about such notifications released by the government from time to time which are infrastructure and construction industry related. Whenever there is a mega infrastructure or development project coming up by the government, these notifications pop up bringing changes to ease out the process of their projects. For example, environmental laws have been amended during the Mumbai Coastal Road project, Mumbai Metro car-shed for line 3, The bullet train project and this particular notification seems to be a way out for The Central Vista in New Delhi. Such strategic interventions by the government has always been a case since many years and we the citizens tend to ignore it.

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    1. Thats a great insight a nice understanding of what i am trying to say through my blog. Thank you so much for the valuable comment.
      By this i dont mean i am against these public projects, these will be the background of our future leading to enclose new boundaries. But they should be set in the realm of possibilities without harming nature. Sure there are bright minds there who can solve this.

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  3. Thanks for following my blog. It is great to see your focus on this planet and environment. It certainly is way past time that we focus more on taking care of it all.

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  4. For a long time, we have either not been able to estimate the impact of our actions on other parts of the ecosystem or have pretended to not notice them. Mostly this happens when there is money to be made. Long term habitat impact assessment and clearance is a crying need. Not sure if we have the desire to put it into place, as it will certainly mean a lot of restrictions as well as questions.

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    1. For something to happen i presume a smallest effort needs to be taken. Taking one step at a time, i dont dream this change will happen overnight but someday we might have a system where we’ll walk towards a future which is in support of preserving the nature. Thank you for your valuable feedback. I hope you have signed the petition. Thanks for supporting. Means alot sir.

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  5. Reblogged this on Nilesh Sharma and commented:
    If not anything else we can at least share this blog and after reading this if you drop a mail on the link provided
    It will further help the group Let India Breathe to help this cause which is good interest of all the citizens.

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  6. Hi Mohsin, read this post and i see the impact this notification may cause. I did my bit by doing both – re logging this post and dropping the mail at the link provided. Thank you so much for bringing this to the notice of all your readers.

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