EIA & Democracy

‘Strategic’ nuclear plants may no longer require green clearance

‘Strategic’ nuclear plants may no longer require green clearance

October 18, 2021 at 2:43 pm 0 comments

The government is looking to free up the environmental clearance process for strategic nuclear power projects from the purview of the union environment ministry in view of the high confidentiality and national security interests involved.

Dilutions in the Coastal Zone Regulation Notification allow for developmental projects in “wastelands” of coastal villages

Dilutions in the Coastal Zone Regulation Notification allow for developmental projects in “wastelands” of coastal villages

September 1, 2021 at 1:34 pm 0 comments

Meenakshi Kapoor | IndiaSpend.com The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change made key dilutions in the law that regulates land use along India’s coastline after its draft was closed for public input, an IndiaSpend investigation shows. These dilutions in the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2019, allowed for future easing of building restrictions in coastalRead More

How the revised green clearance norms will impact women

How the revised green clearance norms will impact women

September 1, 2021 at 12:54 pm 0 comments

Courtesy: Centre for Social Justice The Environment Impact Assessment Draft of 2020 by the Union Government has received a lot of criticism. The notification states certain changes that go against the very purpose of conducting an environmental impact assessment. The notification makes the following changes: It allows for post-facto clearance meaningRead More

How India is engineering nuclear landscapes through charades of green clearance

How India is engineering nuclear landscapes through charades of green clearance

September 1, 2021 at 4:06 am 0 comments

Sonali Huria | The Leaflet On December 15, 2018, a public hearing got underway amid strong armed police presence and public protests for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed extension of the Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant (Units 5 and 6). While in-principle approval for the setting up of 2×700 MWe PHWRsRead More

‘Public hearings’ in the green clearance process have been reduced to a farce

‘Public hearings’ in the green clearance process have been reduced to a farce

August 30, 2021 at 11:57 am 0 comments

In the name of “strategic importance”, the Executive can now exempt any project from public consultation, thereby frustrating the whole objective of Environmental Impact Assessment.

The case of the missing ‘public’ in the draft EIA 2020

The case of the missing ‘public’ in the draft EIA 2020

August 29, 2021 at 9:07 am 0 comments

Pranav Narsaria | Down to Earth While the entire world is coping with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, our government is trying its best to finalise that the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2020 (Draft EIA 2020). In this article, I will attempt to show the sheer disregard the governmentRead More

How EIA 2020 watered down EIA 2006

How EIA 2020 watered down EIA 2006

August 23, 2021 at 8:04 am 0 comments

Courtesy: The Week Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s statements on Sunday have raked up many concerns surrounding the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 notification. “The EIA 2020 draft is a disaster. It seeks to silence the voice of communities who will be directly impacted by the environmental degradation it unleashes.Read More

Gujarat’s Nargol village in resistance against a port

Gujarat’s Nargol village in resistance against a port

August 21, 2021 at 11:09 am 0 comments

Being positioned as a future alternative to Jawaharlal Nehru Port or JNPT in Mumbai, the Gujarat government has been planning to develop a port in Valsad since 1997.

How the Centre has undermined democratic norms including on green clearance

How the Centre has undermined democratic norms including on green clearance

August 10, 2021 at 3:47 pm 0 comments

Arsh Rampal | The Leaflet

The Constitution establishes representative government in India. The scope of public participation has accordingly gradually increased. In a participative democracy, the public is involved in government decision-making. Information disclosure is another norm of such a system. However, recent trends highlight attempts to inhibit the participatory element of governance.

Aiding Industries Bypass Environmental Safeguards

Aiding Industries Bypass Environmental Safeguards

July 29, 2021 at 4:25 pm 0 comments

Ayaskant Das | The Wire Science

The Government Is Effectively Helping Industries Bypass Environmental Safeguards