Govt delegates powers to local bodies for giving environmental clearance for construction of buildings, Educational Institutions & Hospitals

The Government has delegated powers to local bodies to ensure compliance of environmental conditions for buildings, construction and area development projects measuring between 20,000 and 50,000 square metres.

According to a notification of the Union Environment Ministry, local bodies have also been given the powers to ensure environmental conditions are followed at industrial sheds, educational institutions, hospitals and hostels.

The notification said, Local bodies such as Municipalities, Development Authorities and District Panchayats, shall stipulate environmental conditions while granting permission, for the Building or Construction projects.

The environmental conditions include natural drainage, water conservation, rainwater harvesting, water recharge, waste management, green cover and topsoil preservation, among others.

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