Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding the notifiction delegating power for grant of EC to local bodies, 03/12/2018

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shashikant Vithal Kamble Vs Union of India & Others dated 03/12/2018 regarding the notification dated 14.11.2018, issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) under Section 23 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, delegating power for grant of Environmental Clearance (EC) for construction projects with built up area more than 20,000 sq. meters to 50, 000 sq. meters along with building permission, to Local bodies such as Municipalities, Development Authorities, District Panchayats.
Counsel for the applicant submits that delegation of powers in the impugned notification renders EIA Notification dated 14.09.2006 having safeguards for protection of environment to be futile.

National Green Tribunal stays operation of the notification till further orders.