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Net Present Value is the upfront payment made by various infrastructure projects for the loss of forests and its ecosystem services, and is used for various conservation efforts by the ministry.(HT Photo)

Government may tweak policy for infra projects in forest areas

By Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2021 05:37 AM IST
In 2002, SC had directed that infrastructure projects pay NPV for the forest loss while hearing the TN Godavarman Thirumulpad Vs. Union of India case related to forests.
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India also has other important and endangered megafauna like dugongs and whale sharks whose population status is unknown, say the guidelines.(Reuters)
India also has other important and endangered megafauna like dugongs and whale sharks whose population status is unknown, say the guidelines.(Reuters)

10k aquatic mammals fall victim to fishing vessels each year: Government

By Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 07:40 AM IST
The guidelines aims to reduce bycatch by spreading awareness among fishing communities.
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Urban planners, environmental researchers and activists said CPWD had already tweaked its Central Vista proposal several times.(PTI File Photo)
Urban planners, environmental researchers and activists said CPWD had already tweaked its Central Vista proposal several times.(PTI File Photo)

Central Vista green approval: Consolidated plan submitted

By Jayashree Nandi & Risha Chitlangia | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 04:08 AM IST
The new Parliament building, which has already been granted environmental clearance (this is being challenged in the Supreme Court), the New India garden, the underground transit, the PM’s office were all part of the central vista redevelopment project.
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A man pedals his cart amid an atmosphere shrouded in smog, in New Delhi on Thursday.(File photo)
A man pedals his cart amid an atmosphere shrouded in smog, in New Delhi on Thursday.(File photo)

Former Delhi chief secretary MM Kutty to be chairperson of Air Quality Commission

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 12:45 PM IST
The Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and adjoining areas will coordinate, resolve issues,and implement air pollution management strategies in Delhi-NCR
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Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(PTI file photo)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(PTI file photo)

Govt plans to cut funds to 5 autonomous bodies

By Kalyan Das | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 07:34 AM IST
In a report on the rationalization of 109 autonomous bodies under Central government ministries, the finance ministry’s department of expenditure recommended that the environment ministry disengage with 23 bodies, merge 109 into 26 bodies and close six to reduce expenditure.
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Delhi’s air quality hit an eight-month low and was recorded just a notch above the “very poor” category on Tuesday.(AFP)
Delhi’s air quality hit an eight-month low and was recorded just a notch above the “very poor” category on Tuesday.(AFP)

Centre has taken number of measures in 6 years to curb pollution: Environment ministry

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 13, 2020 09:13 PM IST
Reacting to Sisodia’s attack as Delhi’s air quality entered the “red” zone, the ministry said the government believes in working towards getting rid of air pollution.
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Open cast coal mines at Jharia in Dhanbad. Image for representational purpose only.(File photo)
Open cast coal mines at Jharia in Dhanbad. Image for representational purpose only.(File photo)

FAC to decide if coal mines can start mining before obtaining forest clearance

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 07:39 AM IST
Two other policy issues that were discussed at the committee’s meeting are: if a zoo can be considered a “forestry activity” and the definition of “permanent structures” under eco-tourism facilities which will attract provisions of the forest conservation act
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The rising human-elephant conflicts and loss of habitats and corridors are key issues discussed with states for the action plan. Officials said they want coordinated efforts to reduce human-animal conflict through mitigation works in elephant corridors.(Representational Photo/PTI File)
The rising human-elephant conflicts and loss of habitats and corridors are key issues discussed with states for the action plan. Officials said they want coordinated efforts to reduce human-animal conflict through mitigation works in elephant corridors.(Representational Photo/PTI File)

Environment ministry seeks legal status for elephant reserve, states ask for the draft

By Sanjoy Dey and Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, Ranchi/Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2020 10:59 AM IST
A former member of Project Elephant’s steering committee, said they have been fighting for legal status to elephant reserves for over a decade but no state was ready
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The Wildlife Protection Act was last amended in 2003.(AP)
The Wildlife Protection Act was last amended in 2003.(AP)

In process of amending wildlife act: Centre

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 11:59 PM IST
Addressing other contentious issues during this monsoon session, the ministry said the Char Dham road project is not under its purview and that the draft environment impact assessment notification, 2020, removes existing redundancies.
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“We need to analyse data to see if there is an increase in wildlife clearances compared to previous years,” said a senior environment ministry (forest division) official on condition of anonymity.(AP file photo. Representative image)
“We need to analyse data to see if there is an increase in wildlife clearances compared to previous years,” said a senior environment ministry (forest division) official on condition of anonymity.(AP file photo. Representative image)

680 projects in protected areas given wildlife clearance in 5 years

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 05:45 AM IST
These projects are located in protected areas or wildlife-rich areas, and the fact that such a large number of projects were cleared without the full board meeting even once raised questions whether the NBWL was carrying out its mandate of promoting conservation of wildlife and development of forests,
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The environment ministry on Monday issued guidelines on holding public consultations for large infrastructure projects like mining or industry which have been on hold since March.(HT PHOTO.)
The environment ministry on Monday issued guidelines on holding public consultations for large infrastructure projects like mining or industry which have been on hold since March.(HT PHOTO.)

Environment ministry allows virtual public hearings, email submissions

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 11:02 PM IST
Environmental experts have red-flagged certain clauses in the environment ministry’s office memorandum because they could dilute the consultation process in remote areas where local people have no access to internet or other means of submitting responses in writing.
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Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using plastic pens(Twitter/pinklizardpromo)
Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using plastic pens(Twitter/pinklizardpromo)

Environment Ministry suggests ‘buy back’ and other models for re-using plastic pens

By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | New Delhi [India]
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 02:30 PM IST
Instead of disposing plastic pens when they are no longer useful for consumers, Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using them
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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

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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
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Last month Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar had said that India has achieved reduction of 21 per cent in emission intensity of its GDP between 2005 and 2014, thereby achieving its pre-2020 voluntary target.(BLOOMBERG NEWS)
Last month Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar had said that India has achieved reduction of 21 per cent in emission intensity of its GDP between 2005 and 2014, thereby achieving its pre-2020 voluntary target.(BLOOMBERG NEWS)

Carbon emissions for 2020 to come down by 8% due to lockdown: Environment ministry

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2020 03:00 PM IST
J P Gupta, Chairman, Environment Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said environment is a key driving factor for running industries and there is a need to be considerate towards the environment for sustainability and growth.
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The mines ministry has requested the environment ministry to annualize the upfront NPV payments because of the economic slowdown associated with the pandemic.(Vijayananda Gupta/ HT File Photo)
The mines ministry has requested the environment ministry to annualize the upfront NPV payments because of the economic slowdown associated with the pandemic.(Vijayananda Gupta/ HT File Photo)

Upfront NPV payments exempted

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 05:15 AM IST
NPV payments are made to compensate for the losses of forests and their ecosystem services due to infra projects.
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Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar(PTI File)
Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar(PTI File)

Environment ministry creates 19 integrated regional offices in a major reorganisation exercise

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 07:46 PM IST
Environment ministry officials justified the reasons behind the integration move.
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Union minister of environment, forest and climate change Prakash Javadekar during the release of a book and poster on the eve of International Tiger Day 2020 in New Delhi on July 28, 2020.(PTI File Photo)
Union minister of environment, forest and climate change Prakash Javadekar during the release of a book and poster on the eve of International Tiger Day 2020 in New Delhi on July 28, 2020.(PTI File Photo)

Prakash Javadekar urges farmers to plant trees on agricultural land

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 03:11 AM IST
The Union environment ministry had released Rs 47,436 crore to 27 states for compensatory afforestation and other forest conservation work last August.
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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

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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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

By hindustantimes,.com| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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The notification became a potential issue for a political debate on Sunday when Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the notification was “not only disgraceful, it is dangerous.”(PTI file photo)
The notification became a potential issue for a political debate on Sunday when Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the notification was “not only disgraceful, it is dangerous.”(PTI file photo)

Draft EIA disgraceful and dangerous, says Rahul Gandhi

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 07:38 AM IST
Environmental activists have been critical of the draft EIA notification, which was published by the environment ministry in March, because of a number of contentious clauses that they say could weaken environmental regulation.
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All three youth movements were running campaigns on the environment ministry’s draft EIA 2020 notification.(iStock Photo)
All three youth movements were running campaigns on the environment ministry’s draft EIA 2020 notification.(iStock Photo)

3 green youth movements allege digital censorship

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 01:53 PM IST
The website LetIndiaBreathe was informed by their domain registrar that their domain was placed on hold by NIXI, which neither gave reasons for its action nor provided an opportunity for a hearing, according to Apar Gupta of IFF.
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The environment ministry has received thousands of requests from civil society organisations, legal researchers and students in the past month for further extending the period for comments and addressing concerns regarding the draft.(PTI file photo)
The environment ministry has received thousands of requests from civil society organisations, legal researchers and students in the past month for further extending the period for comments and addressing concerns regarding the draft.(PTI file photo)

Public outcry over contentious environment ministry regulation

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 06:02 PM IST
The draft, which is expected to overhaul the process of environmental regulation of infrastructure projects, is in the eye of a storm because it has contentious clauses on regularising projects that violate environmental norms and shortening the time frame for public hearings.
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The pandemic has highlighted the close linkages between people and nature. The PM, through his term, has often spoken about placing environmental consciousness at the heart of India’s future.(ANI)
The pandemic has highlighted the close linkages between people and nature. The PM, through his term, has often spoken about placing environmental consciousness at the heart of India’s future.(ANI)

What the PM did not say | HT Editorial

UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 07:22 PM IST
More clarity is required on both the economy and environment
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Elephants pull a 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant who died after suffering injuries, in Velliyar River, Palakkad district of Kerala.(AP)
Elephants pull a 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant who died after suffering injuries, in Velliyar River, Palakkad district of Kerala.(AP)

Kerala elephant may have accidentally eaten cracker-filled fruit: Environment ministry

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 01:50 PM IST
Locals illegally plant explosive-filled fruits to repel wild boars from entering plantation farms, primary investigation noted.
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Legal researchers said there should be clarity on the policy and which areas will be earmarked for the development of urban forests.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)
Legal researchers said there should be clarity on the policy and which areas will be earmarked for the development of urban forests.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

200 urban forests to be developed in 5 years

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 12:14 AM IST
Prakash Javadekar on Friday announced the implementation of the “Nagar Van” scheme to develop the urban forests. The environment ministry announced the scheme in 2016 but officials said it couldn’t be implemented on a large scale so far.
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Earlier this month, several scientists and wildlife biologists wrote to FAC, warning about the massive loss of biodiversity if Etalin Hydropower Project was allowed to come up.(Photo: Ramki Sreenivasan)
Earlier this month, several scientists and wildlife biologists wrote to FAC, warning about the massive loss of biodiversity if Etalin Hydropower Project was allowed to come up.(Photo: Ramki Sreenivasan)

Is Etalin hydropower project financially viable? FAC asks power ministry

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 06:17 AM IST
FAC has asked the power ministry to comment whether the project in its current form is viable. It has also directed Arunachal Pradesh to submit a cost-benefit analysis of the project.
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Municipal workers decontaminate outside of the LG Polymers Plant following a gas leak at the plant in Visakhapatnam.(Reuters Photo)
Municipal workers decontaminate outside of the LG Polymers Plant following a gas leak at the plant in Visakhapatnam.(Reuters Photo)

Vizag polymer unit didn’t have environmental nod

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 07:31 AM IST
The environment ministry’s website says the plant violated norms by undertaking manufacturing without the clearance.
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Impacts of inland waterways, hydroelectric projects up to 25 megawatts, small irrigation projects, some industrial parks or housing projects will not be assessed in detail because they are believed to have a small environmental footprint, according to reviews of the draft by several researchers.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
Impacts of inland waterways, hydroelectric projects up to 25 megawatts, small irrigation projects, some industrial parks or housing projects will not be assessed in detail because they are believed to have a small environmental footprint, according to reviews of the draft by several researchers.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

‘Lax environmental norms during recession could lead to industries bypassing environmental safeguards’

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 11:15 AM IST
On March 23, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had issued draft EIA notification 2020, which is expected to bring major changes in the way infrastructure projects such as industries, mines, large townships are granted environmental clearance and regulated.
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In this photograph taken on September 13, 2019, forest department officials walk back after inspecting a mangrove plantation during a patrol at Belapur in Navi Mumbai.(AFP)
In this photograph taken on September 13, 2019, forest department officials walk back after inspecting a mangrove plantation during a patrol at Belapur in Navi Mumbai.(AFP)

Environment ministry’s CRZ amendment ends debate on inland mangrove protection in Mumbai Metropolitan Region

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 07:18 PM IST
The notification could protect mangrove forests in Uran and Dronagiri where the Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone — an integrated industrial township — has been planned.
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Former environment minister and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh and BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar had urged environment minister Prakash Javadekar to extend the timeline for giving comments on the draft as most the 60-day period coincided with the lockdown period.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Former environment minister and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh and BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar had urged environment minister Prakash Javadekar to extend the timeline for giving comments on the draft as most the 60-day period coincided with the lockdown period.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Govt extends time for public comments on environment impact regulation

By Jayashree Nandi | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 07:52 PM IST
The draft provides environment clearance validity for 50 years for mining projects, against 30 years in the present notification
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