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New government will have to fix environment clearance policy - Experts

Infra News - Published on Fri, 24 May 2019

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ET reported that the new government at the Centre will have to streamline norms on development projects taken up in areas where tribal rights are involved. Infrastructure projects which involve diversion of forest land for non-forestry purposes in Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Assam have been stalled and the states have pointed out that private developers must first take care of tribal rights before beginning ground work.

Government sources said the new government would hence have to decide on how to streamline the environment clearances, especially where tribals need to be uprooted.

A senior government official told ET “A political decision needs to be taken. At present, the project approval process is such that private developers apply for clearance under Forest Rights Act (FRA) at the last minute and when they don’t get approvals, the project gets stalled.”

The tribal affairs ministry has recently received a number of cases from states where tribal rights have not been settled by developers. Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Assam have pointed out that projects have been stalled as the proponents applied for FRA clearances at the last minute.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 24 May 2019
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