A green check­list

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Need of the hour: A check­list of en­vi­ron­men­tal pa­ram­e­ters can be gen­er­ated for screen­ing ap­provals and in­vest­ments by dif­fer­ent en­ti­ties to as­sess the risk of neg­a­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes of the project Who can un­der­take screen­ing? The NCR Plan­ning Board can screen sub-re­gional plans and mas­ter plans, the town and coun­try plan­ning de­part­ments can screen mas­ter plans and in­di­vid­ual projects and in­vestors can in­clude pre-in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­men­tal screen­ing of projects What will it lead to? Adop­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal screen­ing can lead to a sig­nif­i­cant shift in the thought­less avail­abil­ity of per­mis­sions and fi­nance for projects in en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive zones that sub­se­quently lead to dis­putes Pa­ram­e­ters for screen­ing: Buy­ers should ask ques­tions such as, does an area fall in the nat­u­ral con­ser­va­tion zone in the NCR, is it a for­est area, an of­fi­cial for­est land, po­ten­tially a deemed for­est, does it fall in a wa­ter body etc Probe deeper: Buy­ers should find out if there are any pro­tected ar­eas in the vicin­ity, if yes, how far are they? Is the area within a no­ti­fied eco-sen­si­tive zone? If it is not no­ti­fied, how far is it and whether any clear­ance is re­quired from the Na­tional Board of Wildlife

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