Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Clearances in Eco Sensitive Zones and Protected Areas

Posted On: 03 AUG 2023 5:02PM by PIB Delhi

As notified vide Ministry’s Office Memorandum dated 17.05.2022, projects/activities in notified Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) around the Protected Areas shall be regulated and governed by the concerned ESZ notification.  Such regulated activities, if covered under the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006 as amended, shall require prior environmental clearance as per the provisions of the said notification whereas, if the ESZ is not notified or is in draft stage, prior environmental clearance shall be required for projects/activities located within the default ESZ, i.e., zone within 10 km of the boundaries of the protected areas including National Parks and Sanctuaries. Such projects shall require consideration by the National Board of Wildlife (NBWL)/Standing Committee for National Board of Wildlife (SCNBWL).  Accordingly, proposals are granted environmental clearance after due approval by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC), constituted by the Ministry for the purpose. 

As per information available with the Ministry, during last five years, total of 53 proposals were received, of which 40 proposals were granted Environmental Clearance (EC) by the Ministry in the default Eco-Sensitive Zones (ESZs) as per the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006, as amended. The number of proposals that were granted EC each year for the last five years are as under:

Year

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

2021-2022

2022-2023

No. of proposals received

04

09

13

18

09

No. of proposals granted EC

01

08

13

09

09

 

 (c) During last five years, total following 669 proposals were recommended by the SCNBWL. The number of proposals that were recommended each year for the last five years are as under:

 

 Year

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

2021-2022

2022-2023

No. of proposals recommended by Standing Committee of NBWL

153

71

85

149

211

 

     This information was given by Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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