In a bid to decentralize environmental impact assessment, the Federal Government announced new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) guidelines that grant concessions for builders, automobile, and biomedical sectors. Union Environment and Forests Ministry officials say that these policy changes included 3 years of professional study and investigation to speed up project clearance but do not say what entities were consulted.
Significant changes introduced by the new regulations include:
Several Sectoral EIA including construction, automobile, and biomedical will be done at the State level
Clearance from Federal or State will depend on built up areas and not by value of a project. The Federal Government will be involved only for projects with built up area of greater than 100,000 square meters