Delhi High Court To Centre On Environment Impact Assessment Draft: Extension Notification Unclear
The Delhi High Court on Monday said there was "ambiguity" in the Centre's decision extending time till June 30 for giving objections and suggestions to its draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification of 2020, terming it as "unfair" to the public.
A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan said there was ambiguity in the Environment Ministry's May 8 notification, extending the time for giving objections and suggestions to the draft EIA 2020, as it mentions a further period of 60 days and also that the window closes on June 30.
The ministry, represented by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Acharya and central government standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia, told the bench that intent was to extend the period only till June 30.
The ASG said the draft EIA 2020 was published on April 11 and 60 days from then was to expire on June 11, but in view of the COVID-19 pandemic it was decided to extend the period till June 30.