New Delhi, Sept. 29 -- In a move that could turn out to be a bonanza for the mining and infrastructure sectors, the environment ministry is considering a number of relaxations in the environment impact assessment (EIA) process that is carried out for development projects, including mining, before they are given the go-ahead.

In a draft of the Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2019, circulated for "internal discussion," the expansion of development projects with a production capacity increase of up to 25% has been exempted from EIA. HT has reviewed the draft.

It has also exempted projects with a proposed capacity expansion up to 40% from the requirement of public consultations, with certain riders. If approved, the EIA Notificatio...