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Green nod for 943 projects in 21 months: Javadekar on environmental clearance

The Union Minister referred to PM Modi's emphasis on climate change that "though India is not part of the problem, it wants to be part of the solution."

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: March 13, 2016 3:26 am
The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), Shri Prakash Javadekar delivering the inaugural address at the “11th National Convention of GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK”, in Mumbai on March 12, 2016. The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), Prakash Javadekar delivering the inaugural address at the “11th National Convention of GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK”, in Mumbai on Saturday. (PIB Photo)

Revealing that 943 projects worth Rs 6.72 lakh crore were cleared by his ministry in 21 months, Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said fast-tracking of environmental clearances through policy reforms was aimed at sustainable development and generating employment.

He asserted that the government, along with quick decision-making, was exercising caution not to compromise on environmental safeguards.

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Comparing the minimum of “600 days” it took for environmental clearance under the UPA government, he said the NDA government has stuck to an average of 190 days.

“It is my endeavour to reduce it from 190 days to 100 days. The number of departmental clearances which exceeded 39 have been integrated along with facilities of online application complete with a tracking system,” he said.

Unveiling a 10-point agenda to fact-track projects, he said, “We have accorded more autonomy to the states to expedite the process.” The terms and reference clearance, which would take 12 to 13 months, has been brought down to just one month.

Referring to climate change, a global challenge, he said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made our commitment to UN goals clear.” Saying that India’s contribution to carbon emission does not exceed 3 per cent, he blamed developed countries for carbon emission. He said, “We have to admit climate change is a reality.”


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  1. M
    Mar 12, 2016 at 10:31 pm
    Go slow. The Mafia clan will have en me heart attack and people again will have to fork out from their tax money for "save" them!
    1. S
      s kumar
      Mar 13, 2016 at 5:08 am
      It is true that NDA govt is working the most efficient but most of the state govts are inefficnet and have huge corruptions/malpractices and many state politicians are milking the publoic funds need to be exposed and curbed.
      1. G
        Mar 13, 2016 at 6:26 am
        Mr Javdekar this man with the beard is wrecking havoc with the environment in the name of development he is fast tracking permission to builders, corporates to rape the environment, the effects of this is going to be visible after may be a decade. The Highways, roads that are upgraded are devoid of trees which were planted during british times the contarctor has not fulfilled the obligation of planting trees elsewhere to compensate this loss. To cut down cost this man has given goahead for building roads thru Animal sanctuary's, the builders lobby had their way in the OKHLA Bird Sanctuary when this man regularised their projects may be for a consideration. This man has the audacity to claim that the green cover has increased when there is rampant deforestation legal and illegal, due to mining licenses, builders lobby added to that no rain for 2 years.
        1. K
          Mar 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm
          One of the great tragedy of this world is that these type of people lacking foresight who have no environmental sensibilities whatsoever are in charge of protection of environment.
          1. M
            Mar 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm
            Why do you call it green nod ...call it red ..A nod to barren the land....The progress, real one ,would be seen if 25 years of time, and the future innocent one would be the real benefactors !!
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