Looking to fast-track irrigation and other development works, the Centre has proposed to decentralise its power by increasing the ambit of state government authorities to grant environmental clearances (ECs) to projects involving irrigation and mining of non-coal minerals and minor minerals, including sand.
The environment ministry has come out with a draft notification, suggesting amendment to the Environment Impact Assessment notification of 2006, which will reduce the burden of central authorities from all such tasks that can be handled by the states for speeding up works.
At present, irrigation projects involving cultural command area (CCA) of more than 10,000 hectares are to be cleared by the Centre (environment ministry expert panel) whereas area of 2,000-10,000 hectares are cleared by state authorities. Read More…
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