Environmental assessment system flawed: Jairam Ramesh

PTI Hyderabad | Updated on November 10, 2017 Published on March 19, 2011

Environment Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh addressing the Green Landscape Summit 2011 in Hyderabad on Saturday.   -  PTI

Admitting that the present system of preparing environmental assessment report is flawed, the Environment and Forest Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh today said the Ministry would now seek third party opinion to evaluate the projects.

He also informed that the ministry would soon map the wetland areas in the country to formulate a better definition of the same.

The Minister said the present system of preparing environmental assessment report is flawed and the ministry itself would take third party opinion on environment in projects like coal, power and construction of ports.

“We have done the satellite mapping of all wet lands in the country. We have wetland atlas of every state which will be released by month-end. So far we did not follow scientific approach of wetland management as in revenue record wet land is recorded as waste land. All these are legacies of the past. We will clean up the system,” the Minister said on the sidelines of Green Landscape Summit—2011 organised by the CII.

He also ridiculed the present system of preparing the environmental assessment report by the company itself which is proposing to set up a project.

“Environmental impact assessment report is bit of joke. I admit it publicly. In our system the person who is putting up the project will be preparing the assessment report. I have been very concerned about this. Supreme Court has also expressed its concern,” Mr Ramesh said.

He said the ministry has accredited more than 200 consultants who are authorised to prepare environmental assessment reports and the Government would accept their assessment.

Published on March 19, 2011
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