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Construction : Web Exclusive | July 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Ministry to study only environment aspects of projects

To avoid duplication of work, the union environment ministry directed state environment impact assessment authorities not to assess projects on the basis of township plans, master plan or structural safety norms.

Henceforth, the ministry of environment and forests would study only the environmental sustainability aspects of construction projects.

The ministry made this direction based on the suggestion of a panel on high-rise buildings headed by member planning commission K Kasturirangan.

The panel said environment bodies should consider only environmental aspects for construction projects. Otherwise, it leads to unnecessary duplication and undue delay.

The state-level authorities need not focus on other issues which are normally looked after by the concerned local bodies. This includes fire safety of the building, its linkage with approach roads and provision of drinking water and electricity.

The direction by the environment ministry is expected to expedite clearances for real estate projects as it would remove duplication of work.

But the decision would clip the wings of state environment bodies as they would not be able to examine projects holistically.

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