EIA 2020 disgraceful, dangerous, protest against it: Rahul Gandhi

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: August 9, 2020 7:14:52 pm

Talking about one of the points of the new draft, Gandhi said that EIA can be given post facto is a “terrible idea”, as the project has already destroyed the environment. (File)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Sunday lashed out at the BJP government over its new Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 draft, saying it was “not only disgraceful”, but also “dangerous.” He added that the draft Act has the potential to reverse many of the hard-fought gains won over the years in the battle to protect the environment.

“Consider this: according to our “Swachh Bharat” propagating Government, if labelled “strategic”, highly polluting industries such as coal mining and other mineral mining will no longer require Environmental Impact Assessment. Neither will highways or railway lines passing through dense forests and other eco sensitive areas, that will result in the massive hacking down of trees, leading to the destruction of habitats of thousands of endangered species,” the former Congress chief wrote on Facebook.

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