There are 20 power
projects awaiting environmental clearance and 28 power projects awaiting
clearance for diversion of forest land.
166 power projects were granted environmental clearance and 143 power
projects were granted forest clearance during the last three years.
Two power projects for environmental clearances and three power projects
for forest clearance were rejected during the last three years.
The Ministry has taken a number of steps to ensure timely decisions on
the applications for environmental clearances by: (i) constituting
sector specific Expert Appraisal Committees (EACs) for appraisal of
thermal, hydro and nuclear power projects, regular meeting of the EACs;
(ii) preparation of sector specific technical guidance manuals which are
posted on the Ministry’s website to prepare EIA reports addressing all
the related issues. The EIA Notification, 2006 prescribes a time limit
of 105 days from the day of receipt of complete information for
according environmental clearance.
As and when complete information is submitted by the project proponent,
the proposals are considered expeditiously for environmental clearance.
The main reasons for pendency are delay in submission of Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) report and Environment Management Plan (EMP)
including public hearing report, deficiency in the EIA/EMP reports
inadequate data, non-submission of complete information by the project
The above information was given by the Minister of State (Independent
Charge) for Environment and Forests Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan to the