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Demand for improving availability of information on environmental

clearance letters on the Ministry of Environment & Forests website


EQUATIONS
30 September 2009


This is our letter to Shri. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment & Forests, demanding transparency and public access in environment clearance process. Media reports that the MoEF revamped its website in July 2009 to improve transparency in the environment clearance process. Reasons raised are: unavailability of  environmental clearance letters of projects cleared by the Ministry, data deficiency on ‘new construction projects and industrial estates’ project category on MoEF’s revamped website as on July 2009, no data on projects denied environmental clearance and inaccurate listing of projects cleared.

30th September 2009

Shri. Jairam Ramesh,
Minister of State,
Ministry of Environment & Forests,
Paryavaran Bhawan,
C.G.O Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi – 110003.

Sub: Regarding availability of information on environmental clearance letters on the Ministry of Environment & Forests website.

Dear Shri. Ramesh,

EQUATIONS is a research, advocacy, and campaigning organisation working since 1985 on the impacts of tourism, particularly in terms of rights and benefits to local communities. We work towards tourism that is non-exploitative, sustainable, where decision-making is democratised and access to and benefits of tourism are equitably distributed.

It was reported in the article titled ‘Environmental clearance process made more transparent’, Business Line, dated 21st July 2009, that the Ministry was taking steps to increase transparency in the environmental clearance process (enclosed). This included making available the environmental clearance letters on the Ministry’s website. In addition, your answer to Mr. Mahendra Mohan’s question in the Rajya Sabha, dated 20th July 2009, on ensuring transparency in environment clearance process, points to the public and the Members of Parliament that information on the status of pending projects and environmental clearance letters have been made available on the Ministry’s website (enclosed).

However, till date on accessing the Ministry’s website , the environmental clearance letters are unavailable for a large number of projects that have been cleared by the Ministry. The revamped website continues to be data deficient, especially in the case of ‘new construction projects and industrial estates’ project category. The environment clearance letters are unavailable for atleast 70 projects under the same category. On accessing the environment clearance letters of these projects all that is displayed are one-line statements such as, ‘this project has been approved’ or ‘null’ or ‘project cleared’ or ‘there is no letter’. 

On accessing all project categories, the year wise listing of the projects is inaccurate and not according to the year in which clearances were applied for or granted. Also, much of the data prior to the year 2004 is missing.

The website does not provide any listing of projects that were denied environmental clearance. This information was available on the Ministry’s website before it was revamped in July 2009. For ensuring transparency, it is equally important to provide information on projects that were denied a clearance by the Ministry and to put their letters stating the reasons for denial on the website.

Due to all the above problems in the website it is extremely difficult to find any appropriate data. We request you to look into these problems and ensure the promised transparency.

Sincerely, 

Shweta Narayan
Programme Associate

Enclosed:
1.    Business Line, Environmental clearance process made more transparent, 21 July 2009.
2.    Response to Question number 1682, Rajya Sabha, 20th July 2009.

Copy to:
1.    Shri. Vijai Sharma, Secretary, MoEF


Enclosure no. 1

Environmental clearance process made more transparent

Business Line, Business Daily from THE HINDU group of publications

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009
Our Bureau

New Delhi, July 20 The Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided to put information regarding the clearance process on its Web site to increase transparency of the process.

Information relating to status of pending projects, schedule and agenda of the meeting of Expert Appraisal Committees (EAC), minutes of the EAC meeting, environmental clearance letters, and circulars and guidelines relating to Environmental Clearance would be available on the Ministry Web site.

The Minister of Environment and Forests, Mr Jairam Ramesh, also told Parliament that the Lower Painganga Project in Maharashtra was accorded the environmental and in-principle forest clearance in May 2007 and February 2009 respectively.

He added that two Special Economic Zone (SEZ) projects are awaiting environment clearance from Gujarat. For the “PhaEZ Park” SEZ project requisite information had been received and proposal would be included in the Expert Appraisal Committee for New Construction Projects and Industrial Estates meeting scheduled to be held in August 2009. The SEZ project at Dahej is yet to submit the site map, including areas falling under the Coastal Regulation Zone.

Source: Business Line, ‘Environmental clearance process made more transparent’,
, 21st July 2009.



Enclosure no. 2

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF  ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
RAJYA SABHA
QUESTION NO  1682
ANSWERED ON  20.07.2009

VIOLATION OF RULES IN ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCES


1682    SHRI MAHENDRA MOHAN

Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS be pleased to satate :-

(a) whether several NGOs have urged Government to look into the violation of rules while giving environmental clearances;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether Government proposes to ensure transparency in the environmental clearance process; and

(d) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
      
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS

(SHRI JAI RAM RAMESH)

(a) & (b) Ministry in the past, received some communications from NGOs complaining about the violation of rules regarding matters such as non-implementation of conditions stipulated in the environment clearance letter, non adherence to the prescribed standards, change in scope of the project and change of project location. The complaints regarding violations are duly examined and wherever necessary, site inspections are got conducted through the Regional Offices of this Ministry as also the Central / State / Union Territory Pollution Control Boards. Inputs from the respective State Governments are also obtained whenever required. The matters like those relating to change of scope of the project or change of location, any complaints received before the grant of Environment Clearance (EC) are referred to the Expert Appraisal Committees for obtaining their recommendations before taking a decision.

(c) & (d) In order to increase transparency in the clearance process, the information has been put in public domain, through the website of the Ministry, relating to
(i) status of pending projects,
(ii) schedule and agenda of the meeting of Expert Appraisal Committees (EACs),
(iii) minutes of the EAC meeting,
(iv) Environmental Clearance letters and
(v) circulars, guidelines, instructions relating to Environmental Clearance.

Source:
<http://parliamentofindia.nic.in/>


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