No EC needed for de-silting rivers: Govt

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Posted April 1, 2020

PANJIM: Dredging and de-silting of dams, reservoirs, river and canals for the purpose of their maintenance and digging of wells for irrigational and drinking water purpose will henceforth not require Environmental Clearance (EC).

The Union Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in a notification issued on Saturday has listed out various works, which are exempted from grant of EC.

The ministry has exempted dredging and de-silting of dams, reservoirs, weirs, barrages, rivers and canals for the purpose of their maintenance, upkeep and disaster management from obtaining EC.

The digging of foundation of a building is also exempted. The other projects include extraction of ordinary clay or sand by manual mining, by the potter and earthen tile makers to prepare earthen pots, lamps, toys, tiles, etc.

Removal of sand deposit on agriculture field after flood by farmers also does not require EC.

Gram panchayats also need not go for EC for extraction of sand and ordinary earth from sources situated in their jurisdiction, for personal use or community work in village.

Source: heraldgoa