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Govt working to fast-track environmental clearance to 70-80 days: Javadekar

Javadekar said that the government has already eased the process of environment clearance from 640 days earlier to 108 days now
New Delhi: Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said on Tuesday that the process of granting environmental clearances will become even faster as the government intends to reduce the average number of days for clearance from 108 to 70-80 days. Speaking at the three-day ‘Annual Conference on Chemical and Disaster Management (CIDM) 2019-Industrial Safety and Emergency Preparedness’ organised by FICCI, jointly with the MoEF, Javadekar said that the government has already eased the process of environment clearance from 640 days earlier to 108 days now. He assured that the timeline for giving permissions and approvals will further be brought down to 70-80 days.

‘Implementation is key’

“Unless we implement what we have decided, we can’t achieve our goals. Countries such as US and UK implement the laws ruthlessly. We have decided to give importance to the implementation aspect of the industry, and we want to see the disaster management preparedness of the industries,” he said.

‘Growth needs to be matched with disaster resilience’

Kamal Kishore, Member, National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India said, “The ambitious target of making India a $5 trillion economy cannot be achieved without significant investment in the growth of chemical and industrial activities in the country. And if the economy has to be sustainable, the growth in chemical and industrial sector needs to be matched with growth in resilience to industrial disasters.”