Developers to pay for clearances
DEVELOPERS WILL now have to pay a fee for getting project clearances in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Department of Environment has issued a government resolution saying the fee will be used to carry out investigations for clearances. The new fee will range between ` 1 lakh and ` 15 lakh. The State Environment Appraisal Committee and the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority will use the fee to pay remuneration and allowances to committee members, and also to pay for other purposes such as meetings, and holding public hearings. At present, the state government is incurring the cost for environmental clearances. The state resolution says Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are already charging a similar fee, and the Central government has also permitted Coastal Regulation Zone committees to charge a fee.