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Draft EIA Notification 2020: Karnataka HC urges Centre to consider extending last date for receiving objections from public

The direction came in a plea highlighting the fact that there was severe lack of publicity with respect to the Draft EIA notification. As of now, the last date for submitting objections is August 11.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court today asked the Central government to consider extending the time for filing objections pertaining to the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification issued on March 23 (United Conservation Movement Charitable and Welfare Trust(r) v. Union of India).

This direction came in a plea highlighting the fact that there was severe lack of publicity with respect to the Draft EIA notification. As of now, the last date for submitting objections is August 11.

The Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice M Nagaprasanna stated,

"Prima facie, we are of the view that the respondent Central government must take immediate steps to ensure that wide publicity is given to notification dated 23rd March, 2020 in official languages of all the States. If publicity is to be given hereafter, only few days’ time will be given to the citizens to submit objections. Therefore, Central government will have to consider extending the time for submitting objections."

Karnataka High Court

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