Volume No. 6 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 507-513 Jan-Mar 2012

 

EIA SCAMS : DECAYING THE EIA LEGAL REGIME IN INDIA

 

Parna Mukherjee

Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (INDIA)

 

Received on : September 20, 2011

 

ABSTRACT

 

In the era of climate change, environmental good governance is sine qua non for achieving sustainable development. For sustainable development, it is absolutely necessary to have effective environmental policy design with in-built control mechanisms such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), to minimize the hazardous impacts of the developmental activities on the environment. According to the principle 17 of Rio Declaration (1992), the concept of EIA has been adopted as an environmental management tool to minimize the potential adverse impacts on the ecology often caused by of any socio-economic developmental project. However, the few instances of EIA scams that have occurred in recent years in India have raised serious concern over the implementational efficacy of the existing EIA laws. Thus, the said EIA scams have now posed greater challenges for all the stakeholders of EIA. Bearing this complex situation in mind, this paper aims to critically analyse the existing EIA mechanism in India and its procedural lapses.

 

Keywords : Sustainable development, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental impact assessment scams, Stake holders of environmental impact assessment

 

 

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