NEW DELHI: The environment ministry in a statement to TOI said the idea of integrating environmental conditions with building permissions is to ensure smaller buildings also meet the environmental standards. Buildings between 5,000 to 20,000 sq metres were not under the environment impact assessment (EIA) purview earlier but now, under the new model building bye-laws, even smaller buildings will be monitored by urban local bodies, it said.
” The idea is to make more buildings follow environmental norms,” joint secretary Manoj Kumar Singh said. “The issue of streamlining clearance for building and real estate sector has been under discussion with different stakeholders for some time…the states will send recommendations, the environment ministry after examining will notify decisions to the individual state whether or not a separate environmental clearance is required for buildings in those states,” the statement added.
Whether Venkaiah Naidu, urban development minister, wrote to the environment minister in February about the benefits of these notification for the real estate businesses, the environment ministry’s statement said: The matter has been under discussion among various ministries… Buildings which will get standard and objective monitorable environmental clearance will be within the purview of E (P) Act, 1986 or EIA Notification, 2006.
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