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To: Mr Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change

Send your comments on EIA Draft notification 2020

Send your comments on EIA Draft notification 2020

Scrap the Draft EIA notification 2020

Why is this important?

Earlier last month, the Ministry of Environment proposed a new set of recommendations around environmental clearances in India in the form of the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020.

The primary and most obvious concern around these new recommendations is that they heavily favor industries and not the environment. It proposes to ease processes for business, does away with public hearings for many crucial development projects, and has eased rules for expansion of projects among other things. At a time when we’re grappling with the impact of climate change, a draft that prioritizes unsustainable development sets a dangerous precedent.

In the environment clearance process, public consultation is an important component. The concerns of local affected persons and communities, who have a stake in the environmental impact of the project, must be taken into account while the project is being designed. This draft notification though has merely expanded the list of projects that don’t need a public consultation before getting environment clearances.

Environmentalists believe the draft is completely contrary to the principles of environmental protection. By giving discretionary powers to authorities and legitimizing the illegalities committed by industries, The draft will unleash a great deal of harm on our environment.

Send this email to the Ministry of Environment NOW and stop them from diluting the EIA notification 2006 further.

In partnership with Citizen consumer and civic action group (CAG), we have created a template email that you can undersign and send to the Ministry of Environment before August 11.

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Updates

2020-07-30 17:39:02 +0530

20,000 signatures reached

2020-06-30 13:41:37 +0530

10,000 signatures reached

2020-06-30 13:05:14 +0530

Just in: Delhi High court has announced an extension on filing objections to the Draft EIA notification 2020 until Aug 11. Two primary reasons being:
1. Despite the earlier extension, COVID 19 cases are still on a rise and this has severely limited people from sending out objections
2. The draft policy for this notification was made available only in English. This limited the understanding and participation of the public to a few sections of society only, making it unfair as this is a decision that will affect everyone.

2020-06-29 23:46:24 +0530

5,000 signatures reached

2020-05-06 11:24:47 +0530

1,000 signatures reached

2020-04-29 11:55:56 +0530

500 signatures reached

2020-04-25 13:23:03 +0530

100 signatures reached

2020-04-24 16:52:28 +0530

50 signatures reached

2020-04-24 14:26:24 +0530

25 signatures reached

2020-04-24 12:54:27 +0530

10 signatures reached