The government has come out with the draft EIA 2020 mainly in view of rulings by the Jharkhand High Court ruling and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ruling in 2018
The NGT asked the Centre to strengthen the monitoring mechanism for compliance of EIA
POST FACTO APPROVAL
One of the arguments against the EIA is the Congress claims that is that ANY project can begin operation without environment clearance and then seek Post-Facto Approval
Plus the exemption of Environment Clearance is on specific projects and not all. Read the Draft below
But the #EIADraft2020 requires few of the Category B2 projects require Prior Environment Clearance process to be placed before Appraisal Committee. See the comparison
Congress argues that no environment clearance is required for ANY infrastructure projects and thus roads can be constructed taking away lands of poor farmers.
Another attempt to mislead the people. Lets see how?
Congress accuses that there is NO scope for Public hearings for a new project proposals. This is totally false. As per #EIADraft2020, ALL projects require public hearings.
Why should a project of national defence be PUBLIC?
The cut in the time given for public consultations is veru much fair as this would reduce the manoeuvring by anti-social elements and vested interests and three months is a sufficient time for hearing.