Environmental Impact Assessment Current Affairs - 2020

Supreme Court: “Char Dham Pariyojana has caused long term damage”

On August 26, 2020, the High-Powered Committee appointed by Supreme Court has asked the Environment Ministry to take strict actions against the violation of forest and wildlife laws by “Char Dham Pariyojana”. Highlights The committee has said that the project has caused incalculable and long-term damages to Himalayan Ecology. The Char Dham Pariyojana aims to Read More…

National Green Tribunal brings in stricter rules for commercial use of ground water

The National Green Tribunal has made the guidelines for the commercial use of ground water more stringent in the country. Highlights The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned general permission to withdraw ground water for commercial purposes without an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment). The permit given should be for a specified quantity of water. The Read More…

High Court seeks EIA on Lonar lake colour change

The Bombay High court recently sought report on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Lonar lake from the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and GSI (Geographical Survey of India). Highlights The expert team from Geographical Survey of India and NEERI are to examine the findings of glass formation on the surface of the lake. Lonar Read More…

Environmental Impact Assessment amended by Environment Ministry

The Ministry of Environment has recategorized all the bulk drugs manufacturers under category ‘A’ to category ‘B2’. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2006 was amended in order to achieve this. Highlights The projects that are falling under Category A require mandatory EIA. On the other hand, the projects under Category B2 are exempted from Read More…

Cauvery Delta of Tamil Nadu declared Protected Agricultural Zone

On February 10, 2020, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu announced that Cauvery Delta is to be declared as Protected Special Agricultural Zone. In 2019, the Central Government had awarded the oil and gas exploration projects in the Cauvery basin. This invoked large protests amid water crisis in the state. Extraction of hydro carbon requires excess Read More…