The ministry of environment, forest and climate change last week, in notification has announced to grant fresh environmental clearance expeditiously to mining lease holders, whose mine lease areas are specified in the environmental clearance granted under the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006 which are already appraised and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) have been considered by the concerned Expert Appraisal Committee or the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee.
The ministry said that the mining projects need to be granted fresh environmental clearance expeditiously so that their mining activity does not get disrupted.
MOEF asserted that the “Validity of Environmental Clearance” for mining of minerals is meant for period of project life as estimated by Expert Appraisal Committee or State Level Expert Appraisal Committee or District Level Expert Appraisal Committee subject to a maximum of thirty years.
Quashing 2nd renewals of mining leases in Goa, the Supreme Court of India on February, 2018 had directed to obtain fresh environmental clearance to those who are successful in obtaining fresh mining leases.
MOEF claims that according to Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 the mining leases shall be extended up to a period ending on the 31st March, 2020. On the expiry of the lease period, the lease shall be put up for auction as per the procedure specified in this Act”.