“The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today adjourned the case pertaining to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, December notification exempting real estate projects of a certain size from obtaining prior environment clearance”.
NGT had last year questioned the exemption and had issued a notice to the Union Environment Ministry seeking an explanation. The NGT has found the notification to be “absurd” and said that all constructions for the time being will be subject to the Tribunal’s orders in the matter.
Earlier, an environment clearance was mandatory for construction of projects larger than 20,000 sq metres under EIA notification 2006. It had to be procured from the state environment agency or State Level Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) but the December notification permitted a developer to take it from the local municipality or the authority at the time of applying for clearance of building plans. It entrusted urban local bodies with ensuring environmental compliances, too.