Law on civil penalties soon

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on May 23, 2016

The Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said his Ministry will focus on quicker clearances for projects.

Addressing the media to highlight the Ministry’s achievements in the last two years, Javadekar reiterated that the time taken to give clearance to projects since the previous UPA regime has been reduced from 600 days to about 190 days and within a year would be slashed further to just 100 days.

He said it was a matter of revising the processes such as decentralising powers to reduce lags. While the Ministry has approved over 920 projects in the last two years, the Minister avoided answering questions on how many projects had been ‘rejected’.

The Minister said in the next three years, his Ministry would focus on increasing compliance to laws.

The government mulls bringing in a civil penalties law. Under the law, Javadekar said, penalties for violations would be revised and depending on the gravity of the violation, penalties would range between ₹10,000 and ₹10 crore.

The Minister highlighted several achievements of the Ministry, including the climate change talks at Pairs under which the government has decided to reduce its emission intensity by 35 per cent and increase non-fossil fuel share of the energy mix capacity to 40 per cent.

Published on May 23, 2016
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