July 30, 2020
EIA regulates impact of development projects on surrounding ecosystem.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) checks negative impact of developmental activities. The new draft is seen as dilution of powers

On March 23, 2020, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) notified a modification to the EIA norms. 

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) sets in place a legal framework for regulating activities that impact the natural resources and people. Many environmental activists call the draft detrimental towards protecting the already deteriorating environment. 

The draft allows a freer reign to industrial projects while limiting public consent and interference through various means.

Some of the major changes include post facto clearance which means industries can start projects and get environmental clearances later, reduction in minimum notice period for public hearing and no scope for public complaint about violations. 

This short video explains the topic 

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