Indore: Super corridor yet to get green clearances

  • Saeed Khan, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Sep 05, 2014 16:54 IST

With just over a month to go for the Global Investors’ Summit, the super corridor — one of the projects to be showcased to investors — is still bereft of environmental clearances.

South Korea-based Dohwa Engineering Ltd has been tasked with obtaining environmental impact assessment (EIA) clearance for the super corridor — proposed repository of special economic zones (SEZs) by Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

The process of obtaining an EIA clearance was set in motion more than a year ago but got stalled due to lack of necessary documents, said sources in Indore Development Authority (IDA), the implementing agency for the project.

"The consultancy firm wants registries and other proof of ownership. But many of the farmers still haven’t signed land-sharing agreements so how can we provide the registries," said an IDA officer.

Others, however, say that the process got mired due to a lack of will on the IDA’s part. "The Authority can submit a list of all those who have inked an agreement and say that attempts to obtain the remaining land is in process," said a former IDA planner.

One IDA officer said the EIA clearance had been dissolved because the State Level Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) had been dissolved. "It has been reconstituted recently," he told HT.

Contacted over the phone in Bhopal, SEIAA chairman Waseem Akhtar directed this reporter to member-secretary Ajatshatru Shrivastava.

The latter, however, said he would not be able to confirm offhand whether the IDA had submitted any application for EIA clearances for the super corridor.

"I will be able to give you the details if you contacted me tomorrow," he assured.

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