The Environment Minister said a democratic decision-making process was being followed by the Modi government and all major decisions were taken after a consultative process.
Javadekar said his ministry will soon come up with a booklet highlighting 50 projects across the country that remained pending for years.
‘Process speeded up, standardised and made transparent without compromising on pollution norms’.
A five-member expert committee constituted by the National Board of Wildlife had visited the project site in April and submitted a report on the impact of the project on wildlife in the region.
“We have increased forest cover by 3,500 sq km. We have increased mangrove by 1,000 sq km. It is not a small achievement. It shows our direction and commitment,” said Javadekar.
Says govt working on Civil Penalties, CAMPA laws; no plan to demarcate ‘Go/No-Go’ forest areas.
The Rs 10,000-crore project requires diversion of 5,258 hectares of forest land, including 4,141 hectares of Panna Tiger Reserve.
Gogoi, who attributed the rise in rhino population in Assam due to the conservation efforts initiated by the state government, described the decrease in lion population in Gujarat as a failure of the BJP governments at the Centre and in Gujarat.
Varun, who represents Sultanpur constituency of Uttar Pradesh, had asked whether India was “employing any scientific technique for wetland conservation”.
The two ministers met Kerry on Friday night, hours after the historic signing ceremony by 175 nations of the Paris climate change agreement in the United Nations headquarters.
“Government does not want poor to take healthy drink but only TASMAC (state run liquor outlets) liquor. That is what they are interested in because it is their business,” Javadekar charged.
The panel, constituted by the NDA government in August 2014 submitted its report and suggested a complete overhaul of the existing environmental governance framework.
Terming the issue as “serious”, Javadekar had sent a two-member special team to inquire into the fire incident.
Javadekar alleged that Congress chose to insult martyrs two days before their martyrdom day, a reference to the hanging of Rajguru, Sukhdev and Singh on March 23, 1931, by the British.
The event featured a play performed by students about the importance of Mother Earth and the need to conserve forests and protect the environment.