Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a single window hub for online submission, monitoring and management of proposals submitted to the Environment Ministry by project proponents to seek various types of clearances.
An official statement said 'PARIVESH' is a Single-Window Integrated Environmental Management System, developed in pursuance of the spirit of 'Digital India' and capturing the essence of "minimum government and maximum governance".
In a series of tweets, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said PARIVESH automates the entire process of submitting the application and tracking the status of such proposals at each stage of processing.
He emphasised that with the launch of PARIVESH, the prime minister's vision for e-governance and enhancing ease of doing responsible business is being translated into action by the ministry.
"It has been rolled out for online submission, monitoring and management of proposals submitted by project proponents to the Environment Ministry as well as to the state-level Environmental Impact Assessment Authorities (SEIAA) to seek various types of clearances - environment, forest, wildlife and coastal regulation zone clearances - from central, state and district-level authorities," he said.
Vardhan said the system has been designed, developed and hosted by the ministry with technical support from National Informatics Centre, New Delhi.
The minister said the main highlights of PARIVESH include - single registration and single sign-in for all types of clearances - environment, forest, wildlife; unique ID for all types of clearances required for a particular project and a single window interface for the proponent to submit applications.
Vardhan said that PARIVESH offers a framework to generate economic growth and strengthens sustainable development through e-governance.
He said that with automatic highlighting of non-compliance by the system, PARIVESH helps in improving the overall performance and efficiency of the whole appraisal process.
The minister said PARIVESH also helps the processing authorities, as it has a single window system for central, state and district-level clearances and auto-generation of agenda (based on first come, first served principle), minutes of the meetings and online generation of approval letters.
He said it also assists in online submission and monitoring of compliance reports including geo-tagged images of the site by regulatory body or inspecting officers even through the Mobile App for enhanced compliance monitoring.
He added that the facility of Geographic Information System interface for the Appraisal Committee will help them in analyzing the proposal efficiently, automatic alerts (via SMS and e-mails) at important stages to the concerned officers, committee members and higher authorities to check the delays, if any.
"PARIVESH enables project proponents, citizens to view, track and interact with scrutiny officers, generates online clearance letters, online mailers and alerts to state functionaries in case of delays beyond stipulated time for processing of applications," he said.
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