India’s New Environmental Regulations: Waiting Until the Damage is Done

In this article Namati-CPR’s Kanchi Kohli looks at the changes proposed by India’s Government in the Draft Environment Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015 which was recently opened to public scrutiny. A major thrust of the changes is a dangerous reliance upon ‘on-the-spot’ fines for supposedly ‘minor’ environmental infringements and the removal of many pre-development processes to protect the environment before damage takes place. There is also no recognition of the damage to livelihoods that communities suffer when their waterways and forests are despoiled.

Read the article at Civil Society Online.

December 14, 2015 | Namati Author

Region: South Asia