The NGT noted that the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), New Delhi has provided grossly inadequate data on monitoring of conditions stipulated in the environment clearance granted to various industrial or infrastructure development projects. The data reported by the MoEF merely provides figures of the projects monitored, without mentioning the extent of defaults found and further actions taken. The NGT ordered the MoEF to present all relevant data on April 29 in the court. The MoEF claims its efficiency in terms of processing EIA applications submitted by the private sector but when it comes to monitoring of the compliance of various environmental conditions, the MoEF does not show the same efficiency, enthusiasm, and commitment.
For more information: The NGT pulls up Ministry for not furnishing proper data, The Hindu, March 19, 2019.