Skip to main content

Environmental clearance major hurdle in Gujarat: UK consultants' report to Planning Commission

By Rajiv Shah
Top UK-based consultants Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s Indian professionals’ report, “Survey on Business Regulatory Environment for Manufacturing – State Level Assessment”, prepared for the Planning Commission, may have rated Gujarat as No 2 state – next to Haryana – on important industry-related yardsticks which attract investment (read HERE). However, a study of detailed inter-state comparison of the report suggests that Gujarat ranks 16th among 20 major states in obtaining environmental compliance for establishing enterprises, and 15th in getting environmental compliance to them to kick-start operation.
Gujarat’s entrepreneurs, who have been surveyed, have reportedly told Deloitte that it takes 100 days, on an average, to get consent to establish an enterprise, and 106 days to get consent to operate. This is against 29 days in taken to get consent to establish in Kerala, 55 days in Punjab, 60 days in Maharashtra and Chhattigarh, 70 days in Odisha, 78 days in Karnataka, 74 days in Rajasthan, and 90 days in Tamil Nadu. As for getting consent for kick-starting the enterprise, it takes 29 days in Kerala, 36 days taken in Maharashtra, 55 days in Tamil Nadu, 74 days in Haryana, and 85 days in Haryana.
Not without reason, the consultants say, in obtaining consent to obtain environmental clearance, Gujarat is placed at the “bottom 20 percentile of states”. They further say, “Most respondents were not satisfied with their experience in obtaining (clearances) on account of complex documentation requirements, and delays in conducting inspections.” They point out, “Environmental clearance is (an) area which needs to be improved significantly”. By way of advice, they add, “Standard document checklists for submission as well as standard procedures for inspection may be transparently shared…”
Environmental clearance is not the only grey area noticed by the consultants. The report says, “Compliances, registration of license under Factories Act require around 50 days”, and here again Gujarat is below several states. This is because “the application of approval/ renewal processes under Factories Act (is) not online.” Same is the case with “manual processes for other labour law related compliance”. The states which take less number of days than Gujarat are Haryana (11), Andhra Pradesh (35), Odisha (40), and Tamil Nadu (45).
Gujarat, a power surplus state, tops the list of all states in offering power-related clearances – just about 16 days. This is against 60 days taken in Tamil Nadu, 65 days Maharashtra and Karnataka, 71 days in West Bengal, 75 days in Andhra Pradesh, and so on. However, in water-related approvals, it takes 45 days in Gujarat, as against just four days in Punjab, 15 days in Haryana, 30 days in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Similarly, in taking fire-related no-objection certificate, it takes 37 days in Gujarat, as against Kerala’s seven days, eight days in Punjab, 16 days in Tamil Nadu, and 17 days in Andhra Pradesh.
Much has been said about Gujarat providing “quickest” land clearances (click HERE). However, the survey suggests that on an average it takes 120 days for land allocation through a state agency, 100 days in for conversion of land for industrial use, 49 days in building approvals. This is against 80 days in land allocation in Haryana and 90 days in Andhra Pradesh. As for land conversion, Gujarat does a much quicker job. But as for building approvals, several states take lesser number of days, including West Bengal (28), Andhra Pradesh (30), Punjab (30), Tamil Nadu (40), Rajasthan (43), and so on.

Comments

Unknown said…
Gujarat Pollution Invigilation body do not visit housing society where sewage treatment plant are install as per environment control board norms. After one year mostly 95 % plants are not in working condition or discharge is not as per PCB norms. This will effect 50 % of river pollution.

TRENDING

Savarkar 'criminally betrayed' Netaji and his INA by siding with the British rulers

By Shamsul Islam* RSS-BJP rulers of India have been trying to show off as great fans of Netaji. But Indians must know what role ideological parents of today's RSS/BJP played against Netaji and Indian National Army (INA). The Hindu Mahasabha and RSS which always had prominent lawyers on their rolls made no attempt to defend the INA accused at Red Fort trials.

Did Netaji turn blind eye to Japanese massacre while in Andaman during World War-II?

Dr Diwan Singh Kalepani museum off Chandigarh By Rajiv Shah  Did Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose ignore the massacre carried out by the Japanese army in Andaman and Nicobar islands during the Second World War? It would seem so, if one goes by the account of Mohinder Singh Dhillon, who authored a book in memory of his father, 'A Titan in the Andamans, Dr Diwan Singh Kalepani'. Dr Diwan Singh was tortured to death by the Japanese soldiers in the cellular jail in Andaman in 1944.

A golden goose, GoI bent on selling LIC 'for pittance' without consulting stakeholders

By Thomas Franco*  In spite of strong opposition from all sections of the society, the Finance Minister (FM) recently asked her Ministries to speed up Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) Initial Public Offer (IPO). Does she realise that this can lead to collapse of the economy over a period of time because LIC is a golden goose which is giving golden eggs regularly to the economy, development projects and providing social security to the majority of the marginalised people of this country.

Modi's Gujarat 'ignores' India's biggest donor of Azad Hind Fauj, Dhoraji's Habib Sheth

By Dr Hari Desai* One surely feels happy that the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is being installed near the India Gate in New Delhi. Every Indian and even Netaji’s 79-year-old daughter Prof Anita Bose Pfaff feels happy about the statue at the most important area of the capital. In an interview with an Indian TV, Anita, who is a German citizen, mentions that she thinks if not Netaji’s only Mahatma Gandhi’s statue should have been there. She may be aware that there existed a plan to install life-sized statue of the Father of the Nation at that place.  Even after differences with Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel which led Netaji to leave the Indian National Congress, Bose was the first person to call Mahtma Gandhi Father of the Nation on July 6,1944 in his Ragoon Radio broadcast, and sought Bapu’s blessings as the Supreme Commander of the Indian National Army (INA). Till 1968 there was statue of King George V at India Gate. It was removed and placed in the Coronation Park, New Del

Sweden-backed study: India won't achieve 2030 UN goals, officials can't recognise SDG

By Rajiv Shah  A Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)-sponsored study, carried out by the advocacy group Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) India, seeking to analyse the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No 12, Responsible Consumption and Production (RCP), has regretted, it is "very unlikely" India will achieve any of the targets of SDG 12 by 2030 "unless some serious measures are taken by the government to reverse the present trend."

Savarkar 'opposed' Bhagat Singh's, Netaji's dream of India, supported British war efforts

By Shamsul Islam* In a shocking development, the student wing of the RSS put the busts of martyrs Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose with Savarkar's on one pedestal at the University of Delhi late in the night on August 20, 2019. Bhagat Singh sacrificed his life for a socialist-democratic-secular republic and Netaji raised Azad Hind Fauj (INA) consisting of people of all religions and regions for armed liberation of India.

Biodiversity bill 'undermines' tribal rights, ayurveda, India's federal structure

Counterview Desk  Demanding immediate and complete withdrawal of proposed Biodiversity Act Amendment Bill, 2021, a statement issued by the Coalition for Environmental Justice in India, consisting of tens of civil society organisations, activists and experts, has said that it is a “well calibrated and clear attempt to progressively undermine and destroy the sovereign rights and control that the people of India have over their biodiversity, bioresources and associated traditional knowledge.” Floated by the Bangaluru-based Environment Support Group, it adds, the proposed Act would undermine “a right that is particularly crucial for adivasis, Dalits, farmers, fishers, vaids, hakims, nomadic and de-notified tribes, and such other natural resource dependent peoples whose lives, livelihoods and socio-economic wellbeing are intricately linked to nature.” Text : The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has proposed comprehensive amendments to the Biological D

Swami Vivekananda's views on caste and sexuality were 'painfully' regressive

By Bhaskar Sur* Swami Vivekananda now belongs more to the modern Hindu mythology than reality. It makes a daunting job to discover the real human being who knew unemployment, humiliation of losing a teaching job for 'incompetence', longed in vain for the bliss of a happy conjugal life only to suffer the consequent frustration.

Is it time to celebrate India's 'improved' sex ratio? Reasons to question NFHS data

By Aditi Chaudhary*  The recently published National Family Health Survey (NFHS) factsheet brought cheers amongst the public and the government. With Child Sex ratio (number of females per 1000 males in the age group 0 - 6 years) and overall sex ratio (the total number of females per 1000 males), both showing an improvement, NFHS-5 (2019-21) got applauded by all around.

Blunting Constitution? 'Secular' parties using communalism to compete with BJP

By Prem Singh*  Most spheres of Indian politics have been tainted by communalism. Looking at the current political scene of the country, it seems that just as there is a consensus on neoliberalism among the political and intellectual elite of India, similarly a consensus has been made on communal politics or political communalism.