The 2020 draft notification has a clause dedicated to definitions to several terms related to EIA. It may be beneficial in the sense that it consolidates the EIA rules and has the potential of alleviating some ambiguity in the present law. The ministry, instead of reducing the time for public consultation, should have focused on ensuring access to information as well as awareness about the public hearing and its impact upon the whole EIA process. In order to improve ease of doing business, the government should bring down the average delay of 238 days in granting environmental clearance, that emanates from bureaucratic delays and complex laws. Grow now, sustain later should not be the policy, as the notion is dangerously tilted against the concept of sustainable development.
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