The Asian Age

Do away with green nod, says Ra­j­nath


Ask­ing for ex­emp­tion from en­vi­ron­ment clear­ances in cases of bor­der in­fra­struc­ture, home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh has said there is a need to deal with the is­sue of de­lay in ex­e­cut­ing projects fall­ing within 100 km from In­ter­na­tional Bor­der, Line of Ac­tual Con­trol and Line of Con­trol in a com­pre­hen­sive man­ner.

“All strate­gic bor­der projects fall­ing within 100 km from the IB, LAC and LoC may be fully ex­empted from ob­tain­ing en­vi­ron­ment/ for­est/ wildlife clear­ances from the min­istry of en­vi­ron­ment and for­est and the state/ Union Ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments,” Mr Singh wrote to en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar.

The strate­gic bor­der projects in­clude bor­der roads, fenc­ing, bor­der outposts, flood­light­ing, surveil­lance in­fra­struc­ture, power in­fra­struc­ture be­sides oth­ers.

Mr Singh said all ex­e­cut­ing agen­cies like the CPWD and pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ings en­gaged in bor­der in­fra­struc­ture work of the min­istries of home af­fairs and de­fence may be treated at par with Bor­der Roads Or­gan­i­sa­tion in re­spect of en­vi­ron­ment, for­est and wildlife clear­ances. The sug­ges­tions were part of the rec­om­men­da­tions of an in­ter- min­is­te­rial group set up by the home min­istry to fast- track en­vi­ron­ment, for­est and wildlife clear­ances as well as sug­gest any other dis­pen­sa­tion or in­sti­tu­tional mech­a­nism re­quired for the same.

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