Some Important Links:
Minutes of the Extra-ordinary Meeting of Expert Appraisal Committee for River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects to consider the Final Report by Dr. Pandey Committee on Assessment of Command Area Development Plans for Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar Projects in Madhya Pradesh.
Minutes of the 19th meeting of National Coastal Zone Management Authority held on 22-01-2010 [pdf]
Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri J.M. Mauskar, Additional Secretary, to examine the comments received on the proposed draft amendments issued vide S.O. 195(E) dated 19-01-2009 to EIA Notification, 2006 [Office Memorandum] and [Report]
Writ Petition No. 13341/08 filed by Krishna Godavari Deltala Parirakshana Samithi, Bhimavaram, West Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh & Others Vs Union of India & Others - Report of the Sub Committee
S.O 1268 (E)[Dated - 19-05-2009] - National Coastal Zone Management Authority, Notification [pdf]
5,00,000 HLPA (151 KLPD) Brewery Project by M/s S.S. Breweries (P) Limited near village Bhondsi Tehsil Sohna district Gurgaon, Haryana- clarification reg [pdf]
State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAAs) as on 7-09-2009 [pdf]
Reconstitution of Monitoring Committee under the Notification No. S.O. No. 133 (E) dated 4th February, 2003 (Matheran Notification). [pdf]
Reconstitution of High Level Monitoring Committee under the Notification No. S.O. No. 52 (E) dated 17th January, 2001 (Mahableswar – Panchgani as an Eco-Sensitive Region). [pdf]
Moratorium on expansion of existing ports and initiation of new projects along the coast [pdf]
Lapsing of the Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) Notification, 2008. [pdf]
Report of the Expert Committee on the Draft Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) Notification. [pdf]
Environmental Management Plan for 1750 MW Demwe Lower HE Project, Arunachal Pradesh. [pdf]
Environmental Impact Assessment for 1750 MW Demwe Lower HE Project, Arunachal Pradesh. [pdf]
Manual on norms and standards of Environmental Clearance of Large Construction Projects. [pdf]
Instructions for maintenance of transparency and streamlining of procedure for disposal of EC cases in IA division. [pdf]
Executive Summary of Proposed Sri Rameshwara Lift Irrigation Scheme [pdf]
Executive Summary of Kelo Major Irrigation Project [pdf]
Executive Summary and EIA for Rupsiabagar - Khasiabara Hydro Electric Power Project [pdf]
Executive Summary of Alaknanda H.E. Project, Uttarakhand [pdf]
Executive Summary and EIA for Generation Augmentation at Bhira [pdf]
Executive Summary for Environmental Management Plan [pdf]
EIA Notification, 2006 - Consideration of Proposals of Construction Sector - Procedure - Regarding.(Circular) [pdf]
Constitution of Expert Appraisal Committee- 2 for Mining Projects. [pdf]
Executive Summary and EIA of Pakaldul H.E. Project [doc]
Executive Summary of EIA and EMP of Dibang Multipurpose Project[pdf]
9TH MEETING OF THE ADDITIONAL EXPERT COMMITTEE ON NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND INDUSTRIAL ESTATES TO BE HELD ON 5-6 January, 2007 at Paryavaran Bhawan,Room No 402, CGO COMPLEX, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
NRBPT Criteria for Registration of EIA Consultants Organizations . [pdf]
Environmental Clearance (EC) Process in India: A new website - [http://www.ecprocess.nic.in]
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an important management tool for ensuring optimal use of natural resources for sustainable development. A beginning in this direction was made in our country with the impact assessment of river valley projects in 1978-79 and the scope has subsequently been enhanced to cover other developmental sectors such as industries, thermal power projects, mining schemes etc. To facilitate collection of environmental data and preparation of management plans, guidelines have been evolved and circulated to the concerned Central and State Government Departments. EIA has now been made mandatory under the Environmental (Protection Act, 1986 for 29 categories of developmental activities involving investments of Rs. 50 crores and above.
Environmental Appraisal Committees:
With a view to ensure multi-disciplinary input required for environmental appraisal of development projects, Expert Committees have been constituted for the following sectors:
Thermal Power Projects
River Valley, Multipurpose, Irrigation and H.E. Projects
Infrastructure Development and Miscellaneous Projects
Nuclear Power Projects
Environmental Appraisal Procedure:
Once an application has been submitted by a project authority alongwith all the requisite documents specified in the EIA Notification, it is scrutinised by the technical staff of the Ministry prior to placing it before the Environmental Appraisal Committees. The Appraisal Committees evaluate the impact of the project based on the data furnished by the project authorities and if necessary, site visits or on-the-spot assessment of various environmental aspects are also undertaken. Based on such examination, the Committees make recommendations for approval or rejection of the project, which are then processed in the Ministry for approval or rejection.
In case of site specific projects such as Mining, River Valley, Ports and Harbours etc., a two stage clearance procedure has been adopted whereby the project authorities have to obtain site clearance before applying for environmental clearance of their projects. This is to ensure avoiding areas which are ecologically fragile and environmentally sensitive. In case of projects where complete information has been submitted by the project proponents, a decision is taken within 90 days.
After considering all the facets of a project, environmental clearance is accorded subject to implementation of the stipulated environmental safeguards. Monitoring of cleared projects is undertaken by the six regional offices of the Ministry functioning at Shillong, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Lucknow and Bhopal. The primary objective of such a procedure is to ensure adequacy of the suggested safeguards and also to undertake mid-course corrections required, if any. The procedure adopted for monitoring is as follows:
Project authorities are required to report every six months on the progress of implementation of the conditions/safeguards stipulated, while according clearance to the project.
Field visits of officers and expert teams from the Ministry and/ or its Regional Offices are undertaken to collect and analyse performance data of development projects, so that difficulties encountered are discussed with the proponents with a view to finding solutions.
In case of substantial deviations and poor or no response, the matter is taken up with the concerned State Government.
Changes in scope of project are identified to check whether review of earlier decision is called for or not.
Coastal Area Management:
Coastal States/UTs are required to prepare Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMPs) as per the provisions of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 1991, identifying and categorising the coastal areas for different activities and submit it to the Ministry for approval.
The Ministry has constituted a Task Force for examination of these plans submitted by Maharashtra and Gujarat States have been discussed in the meetings of the Task Force and these need to be modified. The Government of Orissa has submitted a partial plan covering only a part of their coastal area. In respect of West Bengal, a preliminary concept document of the CZMP has been submitted. Revised CZMP/clarifications have been received from the State of Goa and UTs of Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
During the year, the Task Force had seven meetings and two site visits for consideration of the plans. Once the plans of the different States/UTs are finalised, the development activities in the coastal belt would be more forcefully regulated to ensure non-violation of CRZ Notification.
Island Development Authority (IDA):
The 9th meeting of IDA was held on 22.1.96 under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister to decide on various policies and programmes aimed at integrated development of the islands, keeping in view the relevent aspects of environmental protection, and also to review the progress of implementation and impact of the programmes of development.
Studies on Carrying Capacity:
Natural resources are finite and are dwindling at a fast pace. Optimization of natural resources for achieving the objective of sustainable development is therefore, self evidents, this can be done only when environmental considerations are internalized in the development process. It has often been observed that one or more natural resource(s) becomes a limiting resource in a given region thereby restricting the scope of development portfolios. The Ministry of Environment & Forests has been sponsoring Carrying Capacity Studies for different regions. The studies involve:
Inventorisation of the natural resources available;
Preparation of the existing environmental settings;
Perspective plans and their impact on natural resources through creation of "Business As Usual Scenario";
Identification of "Hot Spots" requiring immediate remedial action to overcome air, water or land pollution;
Formulation of alternative development scenarios including a Preferred Scenarios. A comparison between "Business As Usual" and the "Preferred Scenario" would indicate the future course of action to be adopted for development of the region after the package has been discussed with the local people as well as the planners.
A few problem areas such as the Doon Valley - an ecologically sensitive area, the National Capital Region (NCR) which is suffering from air and water pollution as well as congestion, Damodar River Basin which is very rich in natural resources and yet has extensive environmental degradation and Tapi estuary which represents the problems in the coastal region both for water and land development, have been selected for carrying out such studies.
A multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional approach has been adopted for conducting these studies. Draft reports are ready for Doon Valley and the NCR and are being discussed with the NGOs and the local people for finalising the same. Work relating to Damodar Basin and Tapi Estuary is continuing with respect to secondary data collection and analysis so as to identify the requirements of primary data collection and modification in the development scenarios.
Procedure for obtaining Environment Clearance for Mining Projects [html], [pdf], and [word]