Comments & Objections on Draft EIA Notification 2020
The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) had published the Draft EIA Notification 2020 on its website on 12 March 2020 and invited comments from the general public within 60 days. However, a gazette notification was later published on 23 March 2020. The deadline for comments has now been extended till 30 June 2020 by the MoEFCC(Source).
Vindhyan Ecology & Natural History Foundation has reviewed the draft EIA notification and sent its objections to the MoEFCC on 27 April 2020. The report prepared by our experts compiles a critical analysis of some clauses in the proposed Draft Notification, identifies the provisions which could be modified to enable better environmental safeguards and also highlights clauses which would lead to severe environmental harm, and therefore require to be reconsidered and reviewed in larger public interest.