Can’t agree to many recommendations of EIA draft notification 2020: Kerala

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister,

Pinarayi Vijayan

said that the state cannot agree with many of the recommendations of the

EIA draft notification

2020.

Kerala

informed its stance to the central Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) on Tuesday.
“The

draft Environmental Impact Assessment notification

will have far-reaching and adverse effects on our State and a final decision should only be reached after more effective discussions with all parties concerned. In addition to this, some changes are required based on the particular circumstances of the state. This should be examined and be factored in”, the Chief Minister said.
The state is concerned about the changes mainly related to the mining/quarrying permits. In the case of B1 medium category, environmental clearance is required for permitting mining/quarrying in an area exceeding five hectares to one hundred hectares. The state wants the lower limit to be brought down from five hectares to be two hectares. That is, environmental clearance should be required when mining/quarrying activities are permitted on more than two hectares. The existing norms will continue for small quarries of less than two hectares.
Similarly, Kerala has expressed its concern over the reduction in the time allowed for public hearings before approving projects to 20 days in the new draft notification. The state wants it to be retained at the earlier 30 days. Such a short period of time is not enough in many places.
The District Environmental Impact Assessment Committees were the system for conducting detailed inspections before approving small projects. Apart from this, these district-level committees play a crucial role in handling applications at the state level. These committees are being exempted from the EIA draft notification. Kerala wants to retain the district level committees.

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