Balancing development and environment

Infrastructure Urban

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) has published a draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification on March 23, 2020 (Draft Notification) and invited objections and suggestions from the general public. Once finalised, the Draft Notification will replace the EIA Notification dated September 14, 2006 (2006 Notification), which had replaced the EIA Notification dated January 27, 1994 (1994 Notification). The 1994 and 2006 Notifications mandated obtaining Environmental Clearance (EC) prior to commencing any project or activity listed in the schedule thereto. These notifications provide for a comprehensive procedure for grant of prior EC, which involves callin