Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan sought green clearance for projects at ‘war-footing’ in August

Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan last month wrote to top officials of his ministry to clear projects “on war footing basis” and set a strict timeline. The ministry’s impact assessment (IA) division, however, has already missed the first deadline on September 1.

The two-page directive — titled ‘From the desk of the Minister’ and marked to five key secretaries in the ministry — issued on August 5 was Harsh Vardhan’s first major intervention to fast-track project clearance since he took charge of the ministry on May 22 after the death of his predecessor, Anil Dave.

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