500 academicians, scientists write to Environment Ministry for withdrawal of draft EIA notification

New Delhi, September 3

As many as 500 academicians, scientists and researchers from numerous instructional institutes throughout the nation have urged the setting ministry to withdraw the controversial draft EIA notification and strengthen the present EIA 2006 notification with a brand new proposal.

Ever because the notification was issued in March, the Ministry has obtained ideas by way of practically 17 lakh e-mails, together with a number of objections.

In one more letter, the signatories from 130 establishments have listed their considerations relating to the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification, which has been surrounded by controversy since its launch and requested the ministry to withdraw it because it may adversely have an effect on the setting and dilute the clearance course of.

The institutes and universities which have written to the ministry embrace the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER), the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) the and Wildlife Institute of India (WII).

The controversial notification has drawn extreme criticism and protests from college students, residents, activists, environmentalists throughout the nation for “fundamentally dismantling environmental safeguards to promote ease of doing business”.

“This cross-institutional collaboration, initiated by PhD students from different institutes, was supported by 105 faculties, former faculties and senior scientists, along with over 400 PhD scholars, post-doctoral research fellows, independent researchers and other research students, who have all signed the letter in their personal capacities,” a press be aware launched by the signatories mentioned.

The letter says the legitimisation of ex-post facto environmental clearances is a major dilution of the EIA course of. It additionally expresses concern on the reclassification of many highly-polluting industries and initiatives to exempt these from correct environmental value determinations altogether.

It requires an improved and extra inclusive public session processes in environmental decision-making and efficient post-clearance monitoring mechanisms.

“While a lot of noise is made about iconic species such as tigers, turtles and elephants and there is outrage even about individual animals, the truth is that poorly planned large-scale development projects have the greatest negative impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems and people. This notification leaves the door open to projects that may severely impact the environment and yet have little real benefit for the people in need,” Kartik Shanker, affiliate professor on the IISc, Bengaluru, who is likely one of the signatories to the letter, mentioned.

Ayaz Ahmed, a PhD scholar from IIT-Bombay, mentioned: “The EIA process is supposed to regulate the polluting industries and other development projects and mitigate their impact on the environment. But instead, the draft proposes to ease the environmental safeguards. We need stronger environmental regulations.”

The draft EIA notification was issued by the Ministry on March 23 with public opinions and ideas invited until August 11. PTI

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