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India speeds up environmental approvals in industry, alarms activists

Updated : June 22, 2018 05:00 PM IST

In a country where state machinery typically moves slowly, the environment ministry under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has slashed the average time taken to grant clearances to 170 days from 600 days, said two government sources with direct knowledge of the matter.
The push appears to be similar to US President Donald Trump's efforts to speed up infrastructure approvals - his administration has said it wants environmental reviews for major projects to take no longer than 21 months, instead of years.
India speeds up environmental approvals in industry, alarms activists

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