The Madras High Court today asked the Centre to respond on the feasibility of translating the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification into vernacular languages (Meenava Thanthai v. Union of India)..The Bench of Justices MM Sundresh and R Hemalatha, however, refused to issue a separate order of stay in the matter, given that the Karnataka High Court has already issued an order restricting the publication of the final EIA notification until September 7..Draft EIA Notification 2020: Karnataka HC grants limited interim relief, restrains Centre from publishing Final Notification till Sept 7.The Court was hearing a PIL moved by the Meenava Thanthai, an organisation working for the cause of the fishermen community. Appearing for the society, Advocate G Stanly Henzon Singh told the Court that the plea has been filed to protect the rights of villagers, especially in rural and coastal areas..The petitioner-body has raised a grievance that such persons and other citizens across the country may not understand Hindi or English. The Court was told today that the petitioner is not against the draft EIA notification as such, but the concern is that people do not know about it or understand it to raise their objections if any..As such, the plea being made is that the EIA notification should be published in the Tamil language..In the hearing today, Advocate Singh further pressed for the Madras High Court to issue an independent order to stay the notification deadline, stating that the Karnataka High Court’s order of stay was a limited stay. .In this regard, he pointed out that the Karnataka High Court had also granted liberty to vacate its stay at any time before September 7..Justice Sundresh, however, assured the counsel that in case the Karnataka High Court’s stay is vacated, a mention can be made before the Madras High Court so that the matter could be taken up then. The Court also assured that the matter would be heard before the deadline for submitting objections to the draft EIA..The Court proceeded to adjourn the hearing to August 13, while directing the Central Government to respond on whether it is possible to translate the draft EIA notification to vernacular languages. The Centre informed that it would file an affidavit in the matter..The Court has also asked for a response on whether the draft EIA can be published in local administration levels, i.e. in local panchayat and municipal areas. .The Bench has asked the ASG to appear in the matter to assist the Court. Further, the State of Tamil Nadu has also been impleaded as a party to the matter.