‘Environment Impact Assessment Authority’ in States
New Delhi. While inaugurating the National Conference of Ministers for Environment and Forests, the Hon’ble Prime Minister in his address on 18th August, 2009, urged the States who have not yet established State Environment Impact Assessment Authorities to do so at the very earliest. Effective coordination between the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and the State Ministries is vital for building a credible and efficient system of assessment and clearance. The Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 provides for constitution of State level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA). The States/ Union Territories (UTs) who have constituted the Environment Impact Assessment Authorities (EIAA) are : Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh Administration, Chhattisgarh, Daman, Diu, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh , J&K , Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Orissa, Puducherry , Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tamilnadu and West Bengal. The States/ UTs who have not constituted the Environmental Impact Assessment Authorities are: Andaman & Nicobar, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Jharkhand, Kerala , Manipur, Lakshwadeep, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The Ministry of Environment and Forests has requested these States for constitution of SEIAAs at the earliest. This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shri Jairam Ramesh in a written reply to a question by Smt. Jayshreeben Patel in Lok Sabha yesterday.