Analysis of State level Environmental Clearances in India, 2020 (January to June)

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Analysis of State level Environmental Clearances in India, 2020 (January to June)

The prevalent narrative around environmental assessment and clearance for projects is of causing delay and
hindrance in development. Analysis of state level environmental clearance data done by Legal Initiative
for Forest and Environment (LIFE) finds evidence to disprove this. Of the total 2,414 fresh proposals that
appeared before 16 State level Environment Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAAs) only 1.5% have
been rejected. Nearly 76% or 1,831 projects have been approved. This averages to over 10 approval or
environmental clearances per day. Many states have zero rejections. Majority of the approved projects are
from mineral mining and construction sectors, which are infamous for high pollution footprints. The findings
are especially alarming because this has become an ongoing trend: LIFE’s analyses from 2019 also found
maximum clearances for mining and construction sectors.

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