Udayavni Special

No ‘fixed cost’ on projects in protected areas, eco-sensitive zones for impact mitigation: NBWL


PTI, Oct 11, 2021, 1:28 PM IST

Image for representation (Source: Shutterstock)

New Delhi: The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has decided not to impose a ”fixed cost” on projects falling inside protected areas and eco-sensitive zones for impact mitigation, saying mitigation measures and associated costs will be prescribed while recommending project proposals.

In August, the Standing Committee of the NBWL had recommended that two percent of the proportionate cost of projects falling inside protected areas and eco-sensitive zones may be imposed on user agencies for impact mitigation measures. “This amount should be spent on mitigation measures within the same protected area,” it had said.

The standing committee, chaired by Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav, took up the issue again in its 65th meeting on September 24.

The panel decided that measures to mitigate impacts of projects in protected areas and eco-sensitive zones should be part of project proposals.

“The committee further decided that instead of imposing a fixed cost, mitigation measures and costs associated with such measures will be prescribed while recommending project proposals,” read the minutes of the meeting issued on October 8.

The Environment Ministry will issue an advisory to all states and Union territories in this regard.

The committee was informed that the ministry is of the view that instead of imposing a uniform cost on all projects, it would be more appropriate if mitigation measures are suggested by chief wildlife wardens for each project.

Secretary, Environment Ministry, R P Gupta observed that the cost imposed on user agencies is often not based on the impact of the activities to be undertaken under the project.

“Project proposals forwarded by state/UT governments should be accompanied by mitigation measures suggested by chief wildlife wardens. If a study needs to be done by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) regarding the mitigation measures, the project proposals should be recommended to the ministry along with the result of such study,” he said.

He suggested that the standing committee should examine the reasonability of the proposed mitigation measures and should not recommend any project without mitigation measures.

Gupta said that if project proposals are received for consideration of the standing committee along with the mitigation measures and the cost associated with them, monitoring of the conditions imposed would be ensured and the funds so received would not be diverted for any other purpose.

Director-General of Forests and Special Secretary Subhash Chandra said the WII has given recommendations regarding mitigation measures and there may also be norms prescribed by state and UT governments in this regard.

Member, NBWL, H S Singh also pointed out that sometimes the cost of proposed mitigation measures might be too high for small projects and suggested that guidelines may be issued in this regard.

Gupta, however, said it would be difficult to prescribe guidelines on mitigation measures since such measures would vary from one project to another.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Don’t vote for JD(S): Siddaramaiah to minority community

Opposition flays Kerala govt’s flood management

Pakistan Navy claims it blocked Indian submarine from entering into country’s waters

K’taka: Six achievers chosen for Sri Maharishi Valmiki Awards 2021

PM Modi afraid of speaking on China: Owaisi

Maharashtra: Theatres to reopen from October 22; restaurants, eateries can function till midnight

IndiGo cautions candidates against fake job offers

Related Articles More

Man’s kidney removed during stone operation; Hosp ordered to pay Rs 11.23 lakh compensation

Increasing activities by China in depth areas of eastern sector: Eastern Army Commander

Opposition flays Kerala govt’s flood management

Over 300 people rescued from flood-affected Uttarakhand: NDRF

Amit Shah flags off Modi Vans for Kaushambi in UP

MUST WATCH

INDIAN ARMY RESCUES THE CIVILIANS STUCK IN NAINITAL FLOODS

UDAYAVANI NEWS BULLETIN|19/10/2021

Specialties Of Kapila MalnadGidda cow Breed

THE FOREST DEPARTMENT PROCEDURE ON DEEMED FORESTS

Chintamani Crime news


Latest Additions

Man’s kidney removed during stone operation; Hosp ordered to pay Rs 11.23 lakh compensation

Increasing activities by China in depth areas of eastern sector: Eastern Army Commander

Don’t vote for JD(S): Siddaramaiah to minority community

Opposition flays Kerala govt’s flood management

Over 300 people rescued from flood-affected Uttarakhand: NDRF

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.