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High-level panel suggests single window system for green nods

Observing that corporates seek “short cuts” to get clearance for their environment projects, a high level committee has suggested setting up of a ‘single window’ clearance system for green projects to significantly reduce the processing time.

After studying six environment laws, the four-member panel — headed by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian — has recommended setting up of a full-time expert body, National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), at the Centre, and State Environmental Management Authority (SEMA) to evaluate project clearance in a time bound manner.

A ‘fast track’ procedure for ‘linear’ projects which provide benefit to community at large, as well as power and mining projects, as also projects of national importance has also been recommended by the committee.

“It should also be added that our businessmen and entrepreneurs are not all imbued in principles of rectitude most are not reluctant, indeed actively seek short-cuts, and are happy to collaboratively pay a  price to get their projects going; in many instances, arbitrariness means that those who don’t fall in line have to stay out,” the panel said in its latest report.

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