CSE analysed the status of environmental clearances (ECs) for the period November – December 2015 cleared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). Analysis of clearances for certain development sectors including mining, iron and steel, and cement suggested that a total of 29 projects were cleared during this period. Data from the EC letters made available by the MoEF&CC as of 15th January, 2016 has been used for the analysis.
|Sector||Number of projects||Capacity (MTPA)|
|Sand and Other Minerals*||22||14.488|
|Iron & Steel||8||0.43|
*Sand and other minerals include gravel, stone, boulders, silica and bajri.
-A total of 39 projects with a cumulative capacity of 32.67MTPA were awarded environment clearance between November to December 2015 in the above sectors.
- Unlike the previous 2 months which witnessed major clearances for the cement sector, there was not a single project from this sector that received environment clearance in the months of November and December.
- Mining of sand and other minerals like gravel, silica and stone received a major push in these months. A total of 22 projects with a capacity of 14.488 MTPA were awarded environmental clearance.
- Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have been the biggest contributors to sand mining. The Forest Development Corporation of Uttarakhand is also among the project proponents for sand mining.
-All 5 cases of Granite mining have been reported from the state of Andhra Pradesh.
-2 big limestone projects received clearance in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
-Another important highlight in this period has been the clearance awarded to 3 big hydropower projects in West Siang District of Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly, these projects also received ‘in principle’ clearance from the MoEF&CC in October 2015.