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Environment approvals timing to be further brought down to 60 days: Union Environment Minister

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Minister says focus is on promoting ease of doing responsible business

Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar attended the inaugural session of the 15th National Convention on "Housing for All By 2022" in New Delhi on 19 August 2019. The minister spoke at length on a range of issues related to approvals for building and construction projects.

The minister said that approvals which used to be a stumbling block before 2014, have now been simplified and standarized. "Before 2014, it used to take 640 days for a proposal to get approval but we have simplified rules and now it takes 108 days for the same and very soon it will be further brought down to 60 days but at the same time without compromising on environment protection", said the Union Minister.

The Environment minister said that we are entrusted with the work of both environment protection and at the same time fostering growth. "Earlier projects costing above Rs 50000 used to be under the purview of centre but now even projects worth Rs 1.5 lakh and above are delegated to states", said Prakash Javadekar. The minister stated that the efforts of the ministry is towards making rules simpler, making fewer rules but strict implementation of them and the focus is promoting ease of doing responsible business.

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First Published: Mon, August 19 2019. 19:02 IST