The Gazette of India

Extraordinary

Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (ii)

Ministry of Environment and Forests

Notification

New Delhi, the 26th September, 2002

S.O. 1043(E). - Whereas by the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests number S.O. 60 (E), dated the 27th January, 1994 (hereinafter referred to as the said notification) issued under sub-section (1) and clause (v) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), read with clause (d) of sub-rule (3) of rule 5 of the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, (hereinafter referred to as the said rules), the Central Government imposed certain restrictions and prohibitions on the expansion or modernization of any activity or new projects being undertaken in any part of India unless environmental clearance as been accorded by the Central Government or the State Government in accordance with the procedure specified in the notification published as S.O. 80 (E) dated the 28h January, 1993;

And whereas, in order to expedite the decision making and as a further step to streamline the environmental clearance procedure, certain amendments were proposed to the said notification which were brought out vide notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests number S.O. 1009 (E) dated the I 8th September 2002;

And whereas, inadvertently some mistakes have crept in the notification number S.O. 1009 (E)) dated the 18th September 2002 which the Central Government consider that the same should be rectified in the interest of the public and to have a better considered opinion on the amendments proposed in that notification;

Now, therefore, the following draft amendments to the said notification which the Central Government proposes to issue in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with clause (v) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) and in supersession of the notification number S.O. 1009 (E) dated the 18th September, 2002, except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such supersession, are 1986 hereby published as required by sub-rule (3) of rule5 of the Environment (Protection) Rules 1986, for the information of all persons likely to be affected thereby; and notice is hereby given that the said draft amendments will be taken into consideration after the expiry of a period of sixty days from the date on which copies of the Gazette of India containing this notification are made available to the public;

Any person desirous of making any objections or suggestions in respect of the said draft amendments may forward the same in writing for consideration of the Central Government within the period so specified to the Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi- 110 003.

In the said notification, -

1. (i) in paragraph 2, - in sub-paragraph 1, in item (a),-

(a) the word "and" occurring before sub-item (v) shall be omitted;

(b) after sub-item (v), the following shall be inserted, namely:-

"(vi) offshore exploration activities beyond 10 kms. from the nearest habitated village boundary, gaothans and ecologically sensitive areas; such as, mangroves (with a minimum area of 1000 sq.m.), corals, coral reefs, national parks, marine parks, sanctuaries, reserved forests and breeding and spawning grounds of fish and other marine life"

(ii) in sub-paragraph 11, after item (e), the following shall be inserted, namely:-

" (f) greenfield airports, petrochemical complexes and refineries and mega thermal power plants";

(iii) in Schedule 1,

(a) for item 4 and entries relating thereto, the following shall be substituted, namely:

"4 Petroleum refineries including crude and product pipelines; isolated petroleum product storages";

(b) for item 6 and entries relating thereto, the following shall be substituted, namely:

"6 Pesticides (technical) and Intermediates";

(c) for item 8 and entries relating thereto, the following shall be substituted, namely:

"8 Bulk drugs and Pharmaceuticals including Intermediates";

(d) for item 26 and entries relating thereto, the following shall be substituted, namely:

"26 Dyes and Dye Intermediates";

2. This notification shall come into force with effect from the date of its final publication in the Official Gazette.

[No. Z-12013/4/89-IA I (Part)]

Dr. V. RAJAGOPALAN, Jt. Secy.

Note: The principal notification was published in the Gazette of India vide number S.O. 60 (E) dated the 27th January, 1994 and subsequently amended vide number S.O. 356 (E) dated the 4th May, 1994, S.O. 318 (E) dated the 10th April, 1997, S.O. 73(E) dated the 27th January, 2000, S.O. 1119 (E) dated the.13th December, 2000, S.O. 737 (E) dated the 1st August, 200 1, S.O. 1148 (E) dated 2 1 st November, 200 1, S.0.632(E) dated 13th June, 2002 and S.O. 1009 (E) dated 18th September 2002.