New Delhi, Sept. 12 -- The Union environment ministry is in the process of setting up a "single window" process for all clearances pertaining to forest, environment, wildlife and coastal regulation zones (CRZ), people familiar with the matter said.

In an office memorandum (OM) on September 7, the ministry directed all industries, mining companies, and infrastructure projects to upload digitised records of clearances granted to them in the past and records of compliance with the directions issued to them under the environmental clearance.

"All industries in the country have been addressed through this OM. Some environment clearances were issued 24 to 26 years ago, so their records are not digitised and often not available. Forest and wildl...