Submission to the High-Level Committee constituted by the Environment Ministry on strengthening the existing Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process

Reports by Vidhi Aid · November 1, 2014
Author(s): Dhvani Mehta and Yashaswini Mittal

This Note responds to the call for public comments issued by the High-Level Committee (the ‘HLC’) constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (the ‘MoEF’) to review the following environment acts- the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, and the Indian Forest Act, 1927.

The terms of reference of the HLC are very broad, and it is beyond the scope of this Note to undertake a detailed analysis of the working of all the abovementioned statutes. Instead, this Note makes a focused set of recommendations on reforming the Environmental Impact Assessment (the ‘EIA’) process in India.

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About Dhvani Mehta:

Dhvani is a Senior Resident Fellow in Vidhi Aid. She has supervised research projects on the functioning of the National Green Tribunal, on grievance redressal mechanisms at public health establishments, and on the withdrawal of medical treatment from terminally-ill patients. She has assisted the Indian Council of Medical Research with regulatory reform on clinical trials and has provided legal research and drafting assistance to the Ranjit Roy Chaudhury Expert Committee constituted to suggest reforms to the Medical Council of India. Dhvani has a D.Phil in Law from Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Her doctorate explores the idea of an environmental rule of law in the Indian context and analyses the role of the legislature, executive and judiciary in strengthening or weakening it. Dhvani also has an M.Phil and BCL from Oxford and a B.L.S; LL.B from Government Law College, University of Mumbai.


About Yashaswini Mittal: