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500 scientists, researchers, and academics from the country’s leading institutions have also written an open letter to the MoEFCC and urged it to withdraw the draft EIA, notification, 2020.(HT photo)

UN Rapporteurs raise concerns over India’s draft EIA 2020

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 12:10 PM IST
A communication posted on the United Nations Human Rights Council website by UN Special Rapporteurs stated that certain provisions of the notification could impact the effectiveness and transparency of the environmental regulatory framework in India
The ministry has received around 1.7 million letters and emails with suggestions, comments, and objections to the draft.(HT photo)
The ministry has received around 1.7 million letters and emails with suggestions, comments, and objections to the draft.(HT photo)

500 experts write to environment ministry, seek withdrawal of draft EIA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 03:20 PM IST
Scientists, researchers, and academics from India’s leading institutions like IIT wrote an open letter to the Union environment ministry, urging it to withdraw the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020, saying it is likely to threaten the country’s ecological and environmental security
Parsik hills in Navi Mumbai have already been ravaged by large scale quarrying.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Parsik hills in Navi Mumbai have already been ravaged by large scale quarrying.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Learn from Mumbai landslides, avoid homes on Kharghar and Parsik hills, say green activists

Hindustan times, Navi Mumbai | By G. Mohiuddin Jeddy
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2020 02:45 PM IST
Last month, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had launched a CIDCO project to develop 250 acres into a real estate property including villa plots.
Villagers travel on a boat in the polluted Maguri Motapung wetland as even as flames come out from an oil well run by state-owned Oil India Limited (OIL) at Baghjan in Tinsukia district of Assam on August 6.(AFP)
Villagers travel on a boat in the polluted Maguri Motapung wetland as even as flames come out from an oil well run by state-owned Oil India Limited (OIL) at Baghjan in Tinsukia district of Assam on August 6.(AFP)

Guwahati HC asks Centre to respond on drilling gas wells inside Assam biosphere

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 02:34 PM IST
OIL authorities had said on Monday that the gas and oil spill at its well in Baghjan, which had occurred on May 27 and had impacted a large area of wetland and grasslands, was successfully capped after 83 days.
RP Gupta, secretary in the environment ministry(HT File Photo)
RP Gupta, secretary in the environment ministry(HT File Photo)

‘Nothing disturbing in the clauses of draft EIA 2020’, says RP Gupta

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 08:58 AM IST
RP Gupta, secretary in the environment ministry says there is nothing disturbing in the clauses of draft of environment impact assessment (EIA) notification of 2020.
The draft also proposes a shortening of the time for public hearings, which offer people affected by projects the opportunity to understand and approve them.(PTI)
The draft also proposes a shortening of the time for public hearings, which offer people affected by projects the opportunity to understand and approve them.(PTI)

Centre gets 1.7 million suggestions on draft EIA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 01:44 AM IST
The draft was released on March 23 as part of the process to overhaul environmental regulations for infrastructure projects.
Earlier, Thackeray had opposed a coal mine proposed by Centre near the Tadoba tiger sanctuary in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district.(Milind Saurkar/HT file photo)
Earlier, Thackeray had opposed a coal mine proposed by Centre near the Tadoba tiger sanctuary in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district.(Milind Saurkar/HT file photo)

Draft EIA objections: Aaditya Thackeray says ‘voice of people and mother nature must be heard’

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Swapnil Rawal
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 02:34 PM IST
The draft EIA has been facing opposition from environmentalists, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and some opposition parties, who have alleged that the Central government is diluting the green clearance norms.
Prakash Javadekar was responding to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who on Sunday said the draft environment impact assessment notification of 2020 is “not only disgraceful, it is dangerous.”(PTI)
Prakash Javadekar was responding to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who on Sunday said the draft environment impact assessment notification of 2020 is “not only disgraceful, it is dangerous.”(PTI)

Campaigning against draft EIA premature: Prakash Javadekar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 01:34 AM IST
Green activists have been critical of the draft notification because of the inclusion of a number of contentious clauses that they say could weaken environmental regulation.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said it was unfair to criticise the draft EIA.(ANI)
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said it was unfair to criticise the draft EIA.(ANI)

People jumping just on draft EIA not fair, says Prakash Javadekar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes,.com| Edited by Sabir Hussain
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 05:04 PM IST
Prakash Javadekar said the environment ministry has received thousands of suggestions which it will consider before coming out with the final draft.
Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar and his predecessor, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, have exchanged a series of letters on the EIA.(PTI file photo)
Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar and his predecessor, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, have exchanged a series of letters on the EIA.(PTI file photo)

MPs divided at first House panel meet on EIA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 05:25 AM IST
At Friday’s meeting, ministry officials in a detailed presentation, said that there have been 55 amendments and many court orders on the EIA since 2006, people familiar with the matter said. In the presentation, officials stressed that EIA 2020 is key to ease of doing business and the much needed systematization.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the draft environment impact assessment notification does not relax the process of public hearing.(HT PHOTO)
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the draft environment impact assessment notification does not relax the process of public hearing.(HT PHOTO)

Draft EIA notification not yet finalized, says Prakash Javadekar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustan times.com| Edited by Sabir Hussain
PUBLISHED ON AUG 06, 2020 06:06 PM IST
Congress MP Jairam Ramesh had asked Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar that the draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2020 be kept in abeyance till the Parliamentary standing committee completes its deliberations on hearings.
On July 10, 100 environmental researchers, activists, ecologists, conservationists, and former members of government bodies sent a letter to Mr Javadekar, critiquing the notification.(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
On July 10, 100 environmental researchers, activists, ecologists, conservationists, and former members of government bodies sent a letter to Mr Javadekar, critiquing the notification.(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)

India needs a robust EIA process | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 06:37 PM IST
The government must take into account the criticism and improve the draft
The Vizag gas leak has shown why it is important to prevent environmental damage before it happens(PTI)
The Vizag gas leak has shown why it is important to prevent environmental damage before it happens(PTI)

It is time to reset India’s approach to the environment

By Neha Sinha
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 07:19 PM IST
Expand the meaning of environmental damage and create institutionalised methods of ensuring its protection
The new notification draft is an effort to reconcile several government and court orders and amendments issued over the years, said a government official.(HT image)
The new notification draft is an effort to reconcile several government and court orders and amendments issued over the years, said a government official.(HT image)

Environmental rules for expansion of projects may be relaxed

New Delhi | By Jayshree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 06:48 PM IST
All projects concerning national defence and security or involving “other strategic considerations” as determined by the Centre will be assessed.
The bench was initially reluctant to entertain the matter and asked the petitioner’s counsel Prashant Bhushan to approach a high court. “Let us have the advantage of the high court order,” the Justice Bobde said.(HT Photo)
The bench was initially reluctant to entertain the matter and asked the petitioner’s counsel Prashant Bhushan to approach a high court. “Let us have the advantage of the high court order,” the Justice Bobde said.(HT Photo)

SC agrees to examine plea for CBI probe into illegal sand mining

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 05:31 AM IST
A bench led by Justice SA Bobde issued notices to the Centre and five states where the illegal sand mining is reportedly rampant.
The coastal road project was scrutinised under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification and the BMC held several public hearings to discuss it, Khambata told the court.(HT Photo)
The coastal road project was scrutinised under the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification and the BMC held several public hearings to discuss it, Khambata told the court.(HT Photo)

No illegalities in coastal road project: BMC to HC

Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 03:43 AM IST
The coastal road, part of the eastern freeway plan, will start at Princess Street flyover and end at Worli-end of the Bandra Worli Sea Link.
OPEC and its allies will discuss whether to extend a deal on cutting 1.2 million barrels per day of production that runs out in June.(Reuters Photo/ Representative Image)
OPEC and its allies will discuss whether to extend a deal on cutting 1.2 million barrels per day of production that runs out in June.(Reuters Photo/ Representative Image)

OPEC agrees to meet after Oil prices climb improving US demand signs

Tokyo | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 12:28 PM IST
Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to meet on July 1, followed by a meeting with non-OPEC allies on July 2, after weeks of wrangling over dates.
Contentious infra projects in Goa, Gujarat get green nod(Bloomberg)
Contentious infra projects in Goa, Gujarat get green nod(Bloomberg)

Contentious infra projects in Goa, Gujarat get green nod

New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2019 01:37 AM IST
TOR forms the basis for grant of an environmental clearance in future. Environmental law experts say violations have been recorded in various government and legal documents pertaining to the projects.
“We received the environment clearance in February 2017. We have been regularly submitting reports to a monitoring cell formed by the SEIAA,” said a senior official of the DTTDC.(HT PHOTO)
“We received the environment clearance in February 2017. We have been regularly submitting reports to a monitoring cell formed by the SEIAA,” said a senior official of the DTTDC.(HT PHOTO)

Green impact assessment body defunct for one year, activists demand reconstitution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 08:14 AM IST
Experts and activists have urged the Delhi government to form the new SEIAA at the earliest. The SEIAA of Delhi expired in April 2018 and has since not been reconstituted
he court found flaws with the claim in the assessment report which noted that the area acquired for the proposed airport has only a few trees, mainly bushes.(PTI/ Representative Image)
he court found flaws with the claim in the assessment report which noted that the area acquired for the proposed airport has only a few trees, mainly bushes.(PTI/ Representative Image)

Environment nod for 2nd airport in North Goa suspended

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2019 11:49 PM IST
Disposing two separate petitions filed by a group of individuals affected by the project, a bench of Justices Dhananjaya Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta, noted that there was concealment of facts in the EIA report and directed that the EAC should keep in mind its role as an expert body.
The under-construction inland waterways project, Varanasi, November 11, 2018. According to the project’s consultants, its internal rate of return will be 21.40%(Rajesh Kumar / HT File)
The under-construction inland waterways project, Varanasi, November 11, 2018. According to the project’s consultants, its internal rate of return will be 21.40%(Rajesh Kumar / HT File)

The inland waterways project won’t choke rivers

By Pravir Pandey
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 07:23 AM IST
It will rejuvenate the Ganga by creating a ‘Room for River’, an effective model for flood mitigation and conservation.
America turned into a net oil exporter last week, breaking almost 75 years of continued dependence on foreign oil and marking a pivotal -- even if likely brief -- moment toward what US President Donald Trump has branded as ‘energy independence.’(AP Photo)
America turned into a net oil exporter last week, breaking almost 75 years of continued dependence on foreign oil and marking a pivotal -- even if likely brief -- moment toward what US President Donald Trump has branded as ‘energy independence.’(AP Photo)

The US just became a net oil exporter for the first time in 75 years

Bloomberg | By Javier Blas
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 12:27 PM IST
The EIA said the US has been a net oil importer in weekly data going back to 1991 and monthly data starting in 1973. Oil historians that have compiled even older annual data using statistics from the American Petroleum Institute said the country has been a net oil importer since the mid-1940s, when Harry Truman was in the White House.
A pair of sarus cranes near Noida. The forest department is determining the number of sarus cranes in Jewar. Officials said that Surajpur and Dhanauri wetlands host over 200 sarus cranes.(HT Photo)
A pair of sarus cranes near Noida. The forest department is determining the number of sarus cranes in Jewar. Officials said that Surajpur and Dhanauri wetlands host over 200 sarus cranes.(HT Photo)

Conservation plan to be made for sarus crane habitat near Jewar airport land

Hindustan Times, Noida | By Snehil Sinha
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2018 04:15 PM IST
The area for the upcoming Noida international greenfield airport at Jewar has a good population of Sarus cranes and peacocks and a conservation plan for these bird species is to be prepared.
The notification was criticised in the backdrop of massive protests over a proposal earlier this year to fell more than 16,000 trees for the redevelopment of seven colonies in south Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT File)
The notification was criticised in the backdrop of massive protests over a proposal earlier this year to fell more than 16,000 trees for the redevelopment of seven colonies in south Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT File)

Delhi HC stays exemption granted to realty projects from green nod

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2018 04:01 PM IST
A bench of Delhi HC stayed the notification issued by the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEF &CC) on the pleas by two NGOs, which had challenged the ministry’s move to exempt builders from taking environmental clearance.
People walk along a muddy road in Kochi, Kerala, August 20, 2018(AFP)
People walk along a muddy road in Kochi, Kerala, August 20, 2018(AFP)

India disregards scientific opinion on environment

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 06:19 PM IST
In the midst of news of the ongoing environmental disasters and stories of human courage and resilience, it is important to remember that compromised decision-making and government faith in project proponents rather than the public have made us all defenceless against the perils of development
Delhi high court refused to give permission to resume construction at south Delhi’s Nauroji Nagar.(HT Photo)
Delhi high court refused to give permission to resume construction at south Delhi’s Nauroji Nagar.(HT Photo)

EIA report on south Delhi govt colony revamp plagiarised, high court told

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2018 04:17 AM IST
The court, however, allowed National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to secure the area to avoid any untoward incident.
OPEC and other major producers including Russia started to withhold output in 2017 to rein in oversupply that had depressed prices since 2014.(Reuters File Photo)
OPEC and other major producers including Russia started to withhold output in 2017 to rein in oversupply that had depressed prices since 2014.(Reuters File Photo)

Oil nears over 3-year highs as Saudi backs higher prices, US stockpiles drop

Reuters, Singapore | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 02:09 PM IST
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its partners in a supply reduction pact will meet in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on April 20. OPEC will then meet on June 22 to review its oil production policy.
Polluted Mutha river as seen from the bridge near Omkareshwar temple on Monday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Polluted Mutha river as seen from the bridge near Omkareshwar temple on Monday.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Ecological Survey report: Mutha can get a new lease of life

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 03:15 PM IST
Revival possible if recommendations in report are implemented.
The NGT has stayed the cutting of trees along the Chardham yatra route.(HT)
The NGT has stayed the cutting of trees along the Chardham yatra route.(HT)

NGO seeks environment impact assessment of all-weather roads

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Nihi Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 09:59 PM IST
Citizens for Green Doon on Tuesday submitted a PIL to the NGT demanding an environment impact assessment of all-weather roads connecting the Char Dhams in Uttarakhand
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