19 states launch online platform for green clearances

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Nineteen states on Thursday introduced online submission of applications for environment clearance, a minister said.

Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar launched a web portal that aims to bring in transparency in the process of submission of applications for environment clearance by the State Environment Impact Assessment Authorities for projects that fall under Category ‘B’.

“The online processes have raised the levels of transparency and accountability. It will ensure that monitoring is carried out more effectively and on a real time basis and thus, status on the pendency is available clearly,” Javadekar said.

“It will also speed up clearance processes, while maintaining the rigours of environment clearance process,” he added.

The minister expressed confidence that the remaining states will come on board soon.

Developmental projects are classified under Category ‘A’ or ‘B’ depending on their threshold capacity and pollution potential. While ‘A’ category projects require environment clearance from the Centre, state governments have the authority to clear projects under category ‘B’.

Environment ministry secretary Ashok Lavasa said the ministry had conducted workshops and several rounds of interaction with the 19 states that includes Maharashtra, Punjab, West Bengal and Manipur.

“Majority of environment clearances are done at the state level. So, this (portal) is a significant step forward towards giving clearances to environment projects,” he said.

“Now, the ministry is targeting to bring all the clearances required and Hazardous Substances Management rules online as well,” he added.

The environment ministry had launched the online application system for environmental clearance in 2014.


Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here