En­vi­ron­ment clear­ance a must

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The agen­cies: In 2006, the min­istry of en­vi­ron­ment and forests (MoEF) de­cen­tralised the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment (EIA) and clear­ance process for the states and cre­ated the state en­vi­ron­ment im­pact as­sess­ment au­thor­ity (SEIAA) and state-level ex­pert appraisal com­mit­tee (SEAC) Who re­quires a clear­ance? Any con­struc­tion pro­ject that ex­ceeds 20,000 sq m and is less than 1,50,000 sq m of built up area, town­ships and area de­vel­op­ment projects that cover an area more than 50 hectares and built up area more than 1,50,000 sq m re­quire a clear­ance Pa­per­work: De­vel­op­ers are gen­er­ally re­quired to fill form 1 and form 1A. The ap­pli­ca­tion for en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment es­sen­tially has to have de­tails of the pro­ject like the man­ner of pro­cure­ment of ma­te­ri­als, us­age of wa­ter etc De­gree of pun­ish­ment: As of now there is only a ₹ 1 lakh fine but no ma­jor de­ter­rents and hence not many de­vel­op­ers are se­ri­ous about fol­low­ing the rules. In most cases third party rights are cre­ated by in­volv­ing home­buy­ers and the leg­is­la­ture is of­ten forced to take a sym­pa­thetic view Vi­o­la­tions: There have been cases where a de­vel­oper builds two build­ings of 19,999 sq m each in an ef­fort to not go in for an en­vi­ron­ment clear­ance which un­der the rules is for projects of more than 20,000 sq m and less than 1,50,000 sq m

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