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Environment Clearance Procedure for specific activities
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GoI), through issuance of EIA notification S.O. 1533 dated 14.09.2006, has restructured the Environmental Clearance procedure in suppression of the earlier environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification of January 1994 and its subsequent amendments. Through this notification forty-one (41) activities (predominantly industrial in nature), have been scheduled for mandatory Environmental Clearance. Part of these activities require Environmental Clearance from Central Level Impact Assessment Authority at MoEF, New Delhi whereas others require Enviornmental Clearance from state level Environmental Clearance authority i.e., State Environment Impact Assessment Authority. West Bengal is the first state in the country to constitute two tyre Environment Clearance authority consisting of the State Environment Impact Assessment authority (SEIAA) and State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) as per the provision of this new notification.
Environmental Clearance are now granted by MoEF, New Delhi at central level and also by the state environment clearance authority at state level. In West Bengal, SEIAA and SEAC are comprised of experts from the field of Industrial Engineering, Environmental Management, Public Health Engineering, Town and Country Planning, Economics and other related fields. The SEIAA and SEAC are functioning in the state of West Bengal from May 2007. The success of State level clearance authority has set up an example in the country and several other states are soliciting advice from the state of West Bengal for introducing new Environmental Clearance mechanisms in respective states for effective environment impact management.
Here are some Flowcharts to make it simple:
ENVIRONMENT CLEARANCE PROCEDURE FOR BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, TOWNSHIPS AND PARK /
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AT STATE LEVEL IN WEST BENGAL
(Item No. 8 of Schedule of SO 1533 dated 14.09.2006)
ENVIRONMENT CLEARANCE PROCEDURE FOR INDUSTRY SECTOR AT STATE LEVEL IN WEST BENGAL
(Item No. 1 to 7 of Schedule of SO 1533 dated 14.09.2006)
Also see here for Industry Category wise Rules