25 Jul '11, 12pm

India announces formation of national environmental regulator

The Indian government is to launch an independent, environmental regulator tasked with reforming the country's byzantine planning rules and enhancing environmental protection, after a series of high-profile industrial projects were blocked by the country's Environment Ministry in recent months. Speaking at a conference in Delhi yesterday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the new National Environment Appraisal and Monitoring Authority (NEAMA) would aim to take controversial planning decisions out of the hands of ministers. FURTHER READING New Zealand meeting prepares ground for Durban summit Planning revision could order councils to back green energy projects He added that the new body would lead "a complete change in the process of granting environmental clearances", while also helping to promote "green norms" among businesses. The government has issued a draft proposal ...

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