Environment & Nature

Envt Ministry Releases Amnesty Scheme For Infrastructure Industrial Projects

BP World Bureau | Jul 14 2021 03:50:35 PM
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The Union environment ministry released an amnesty scheme to deal with the violation of environmental clearance norms by infrastructure and industrial projects.

In the standard operating procedure (SOP) laid out by the centre, it is mentioned that projects that don’t have prior environmental clearance (EC) "should be closed and appraised afresh."

Those involved in projects that violate environmental norms will also have to pay a penalty.

Those projects that were never eligible for environmental clearance because of their environmental footprint will face demolition. 

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However, this move has become controversial with the experts. Environment experts pointed out that the new amnesty scheme's provisions are similar to the draft environment impact assessment notification 2020, which had faced ire. 

Under new SOPs; 

  1. Industrial or infrastructural projects that have expanded in capacity without requisite permissions will have to revert to older production limits.
  2. If prior EC was not required for the project but is under updated norms, then the project will have to restrict its production.
  3. Those in complete violation of environmental norms or never received clearance will be demolished.