India, June 4 -- The environment ministry is working on a radical change to the country's environmental law regime, including changes in the important Wildlife Protection Act 1972, senior environment ministry officials said, amidst concerns among activists and environment groups that the changes are being made to make it easier to develop infrastructure and industrial projects -- even in environmentally sensitive areas.

The ministry's wildlife division has prepared a cabinet note to amend the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 that is yet to be cleared by the cabinet; a similar note on the amendment to Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 has also been finalised after circulating it internally among ministries. The FC Act amendment has been finalise...