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Green groups want NEP, EIA scrapped

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Hyderabad, Apr 5 (UNI) Over 2,000 groups from Andhra Pradesh, including panchayats and NGOs, have appealed to the Prime Minister to scrap the draft National Environment Policy (NEP) and Environmental Impact Assessment Notification (EIA) 2005.

Led by the AP Coalition in Defence of Diversity and the Deccan Development Society, the groups said the policy and the notification which proposes to relax environmental and social safeguards to make India more attractive for investments come at a time when ill effects of past decisions remain unaddressed, a release here today said.

Citing protests on various projects, including the Sardar Sarovar and Bhopal disaster, the groups said the NEP and the EIA propagate the very flaws in development planning that led to the long-standing conflicts. If adopted, it is inevitable they will lead to ''a more improverished tumultuous and violent India.'' The AP groups account for nearly 70 per cent of the 2,600 postcards sent to the Prime Minister during the last two months.

Some NRI organisations from the US have also lent their support for the campaign which has consistently highlighted the flaws in the NEP and EIA, the release claimed.

To apprise the Centre on various concerns on EIA and NEP, a letter had been sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh giving an account of the efforts and the issues raised so far and sought redrafting with public consensus.

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