MoEFCC introduced a groundbreaking change by amending the Green Revolution Environmental Policy 2.0, which was originally dated September 14, 2006.
Moreover, these extensive amendments comprehensively address a wide range of activities, encompassing new projects, expansions of existing projects, and modernization efforts. After all of these actions are carried out with a primary focus on their potential environmental impacts.
Significant Key Changes
Significantly, the key changes in MoEFCC’s Green Revolution Environmental Policy Amendments 2.0 revolve around the replacement of serial numbers 6 and 7 within Appendix IX. This substitution signifies a pivotal shift in the policy, ushering in a new era of environmental regulation and oversight.
Regarding Earth Extraction for Linear Projects, serial number 6 now mandates that the extraction, sourcing, or borrowing of ordinary earth for linear projects like roads and pipelines must strictly adhere to defined standard operating procedures and follow environmental safeguards issued periodically. This directive ensures that even the most fundamental aspects of infrastructural growth are carried out with this in mind a steadfast commitment to environmental preservation.
Not to ignore
Accordingly, serial number 7, which is equally critical, pertains to the dredging and de-silting activities associated with dams, reservoirs, weirs, barrages, rivers, and canals. These operations, critical for maintenance, upkeep, and disaster management, are now bound by the stringent adherence to environmental safeguards issued at regular intervals. This emphasis on environmentally responsible practices reflects the MoEFCC’s dedication to striking a harmonious balance between development and ecological conservation.
After all India’s strides towards a greener and more sustainable future, the amendments signify a notable shift in the country’s environmental governance. They underscore the government’s commitment to sustainable practices and the mitigation of ecological impacts from development projects. All things considered, changes mark a transition toward a more responsible and environmentally conscious approach to progress, ensuring that economic growth and environmental preservation move forward hand in hand as India progresses towards a greener and more sustainable future.
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