EIA 2020 : Development at the cost of Environment
Sainka Walia -
At first glance, EIA 2020 is not very different from EIA 2006 but a glance is not enough when this draft has the power to change the future of this planet.
Upon further analysis of the document, one will notice the reduced role or the watered-down version of one of the chief principles of this document, one that makes it democratic, that is Public Participation.
In EIA 2020, the government has removed public hearings from the procedure of obtaining an EC (Environmental Clearance) for many categories. Their reason is that this reform will make it easier for businesses to grind through paperwork and begin operations for the benefit of the country. Thus, reproducing their age-old debate of environment vs development.