Govt injects booster to infra projects

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    The latest decision of the environment ministry to appraise projects and grant them post facto environmental clearance will give a major boost to infrastructure, real estate and industrial projects. This is so because in the last two years, many large projects have been in a state of limbo, following NGT‘s 2015 resolution to reject earlier provisions of retrospective approvals. But now with a three-year window, the ministry will have enough time to take a nuanced decision on projects that have been stalled due to environmental violations, procedural lapses and non-compliance. The ministry‘s expert panel set up to look into violations should now be able to decide each case on the basis of merit to dispel apprehensions that such a move will unduly favour violators. This is where the ministry‘s Expert Advisory Committee‘s role comes into play. It must not hesitate to recommend for closure of any unit that has come up on a site where such activity is not permissible at all. Reckless development with disregard to the environment will only compound India‘s problems. But at the same time, holding development hostage to green concerns will set the country back and the new policy initiatives have been aimed at plugging these loopholes.
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