Nagpur: City’s metro railway has cleared another hurdle with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) making it clear that environment impact assessment (EIA) was not needed for the project. Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) is however, getting an EIA done as foreign lenders insist on it.
The letter sent to the managing director of NMRCL by joint director of MoEF dated March 1, 2016, states that the construction of metro rail is not covered under EIA Notification, 2006. However, project proponent has to comply with certain norms.
The MoEF has mandated that the project should incorporate green building features, rain water harvesting, energy efficiency, water conservation, sewage treatment and disposal, solid waste management and vehicle parking. Brijesh Dixit, managing director, NMRCL, said that Nagpur metro was one of the greenest metros in country. “We are using solar energy on a large scale. We will make adequate arrangement for parking of vehicles. All other green norms will be followed,” he added.
The second requirement is that statutory clearances under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, Air and Water Act, should be obtained if required. Dixit said that as the project did not require any forest land, the first two laws were not applicable to the project. Same was the case with coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clause.
However, NMRCL may need the permission of state environment committee for its Munje Square metro station as MoEF has said that construction of any building within metro rail project for commercial purposes such as mall, offices or residential buildings having built up area of 20,000 square metre or more shall require prior environmental clearance. NMRCL is planning a 25 storey building at the spot. Dixit said that if the area of the building was above this limit then NMRCL would apply to the state environment committee for obtaining the green nod.