ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Undemocratic Evasion of Environmental Responsibility

The draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification is an affront to the environment and to democratic processes.

The Government of India has circulated the new draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020. EIA is an important process for evaluating the likely environmental impact of a proposed project. Impact assessment is, basically, a decision-making tool to decide whether the project should be approved or not.

Introduced in 1994, the EIA notification was revised in 2006. On 23 March 2020, the day before the national lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic was announced, the central govern­ment sought public comments on the new draft EIA notification. The public has been given 60 days to send their comments, overlapping with a time when the nation is under a lockdown.

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Updated On : 4th May, 2020

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