- Research/Scholar Paper name – “Is The EIA Notification a Mere Facade Created by The Indian Government and Judiciary to Promote Industrial Growth?”
- Author: Elizabeth Sathish
- Institution: Jindal Global Law School
- Affiliation: Centre for Study of Contemporary Legal Issues
- Date of Publication: 29/06/2021
Even though the Environmental Impact Assessment (hereon referred to as EIA) was designed to be a weapon for bringing about environmental justice, the government passes these notifications as a formality, with no real enthusiasm of bringing about significant change. In this context, is it reasonable to deduce that EIA is a mere façade created by the government and further imposed by the judiciary to silence the pro-environmental groups while promoting industrial growth? In our country, EIA has been inadequately institutionalized and is subjected to regulatory limitations. In a nation where industrial growth and urbanization came first with the environment taking a back seat, EIA was introduced as a saving grace that put the environmental concerns under the spotlight. In this ever-changing world of concrete jungles and pollution hubs, it is a necessity that we keep the conversation regarding EIA flowing. The highly controversial and contemporary factor which led to the gravitation of discussion of EIA towards the recent news headlines is the EIA Draft of 2020 passed by the Modi Government. The lens through which this research paper aims to address the persisting research question is by studying EIA as an effective ecological tool that is being rendered useless due to the stampeding of politicians and industrialists towards industrial growth and monetary goals.