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.
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;