Guwahati: The Central Government constituted the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority, Assam, comprising of Pradyut Kumar Choudhury, Chief Engineer (Retired), Public Works Department (Bldg), Assam as the Chairman.
Along with him, Hari Prasad Sarma,Prof. and Head of Department, Environmental Sciences Department Gauhati University and Secretary to the Government of Assam, Environment and Forest Department as the Member and Member-Secretary respectively of the Authority.
An order by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, on Friday, said that the Chairman and Members of the Authority, Assam shall hold office for a term of three years.
The Authority has been asked to take its decision on the recommendations of the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee constituted under the Assam government.
For the purposes of assisting the Authority, Assam, the Central Government in consultation with the State government has also constituted a nine member State Level Expert Appraisal Committee, Assam,
Swapan Kumar Seal Sarma, Indian Forest Service (Retired) was appointed as the Chairman of the committee. Other members included representatives and educationalist fromDepartment of Geological Sciences, Gauhati University; Department of Economics, Gauhati University; Department of Environmental Science, Tezpur (Central) University as well as State Pollution Control Board.
The Chairman and Members of State Level Expert Appraisal Committee, Assam will also hold office for a term of three years.
State’s forest and environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya asked the Authority and the Committee members to work for the betterment of the state’s environment and bio-diversity.
The Centre has constituted the Authority to expedite environment clearance of infrastructure projects. The Authority can now give environment clearance of “B” category projects and activities. Prior to creation of the Authority, the projects were sent to New Delhi for clearance. A “B” type projects include mining up to 50 hectares, hydro electric power project up to 500 MW, thermal power plant up to 500 MW, state highways up to 30 km of length, state highways and national highways widening projects up to 20 meters of width, construction projects up to 20000 sq km, town ship projects up to 50 hectares.