De­vel­op­ers to pay for clear­ances

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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.


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