New Delhi, May 17 -- An initial draft of a notification on environmental approvals that was released on April 15, and which has come to light now, could, if approved as a final notification, significantly dilute the process through which projects are granted green clearances.

Some of the more controversial aspects of the draft are actually amendments the government tried to get through, only to be scotched by legal challenges. If approved in the final notification, they will come into force.

The so-called "zero draft of the environment impact assessment notification 2019" is attached to an office memorandum (OM) of the environment ministry released on April 15, at a time when the Lok Sabha elections were underway - raising questions on th...