Tripura State Pollution Control Board
(i) “Public Consultation” refers to the process by which the concerns of local affected persons and others who have plausible stake in environmental impacts of the project or activity are ascertained with a view to taking into account all the material concerns in the project or activity design as appropriate. All category ‘A’ and Category ‘B1’ projects or activities shall undertake Public Consultation, except the following:-
a) modernization of irrigation projects (item 1(c) of the Schedule)
b) all projects or activities located within industrial estates or parks (item 7(c) of the Schedule) approved by the concerned authorities, and which are not disallowed in such approvals.
c) expansion of Roads and Highways (item 7(f) of the Schedule) which do not involve any further acquisition of land.
d) all Building/Construction projects/Area Development projects and Townships (item 8).
e) all Category ‘B2’ projects and activities.
f) all projects or activities concerning national defence and security or involving other strategic considerations as determined by the Central Government.
(ii) The Public Consultation shall ordinarily have two components comprising of :-
(a) a public hearing at the site or in its close proximity- district wise, to be carried out in the manner prescribed in Appendix IV, for ascertaining concerns of local affected persons;
(b) obtain responses in writing from other concerned persons having a plausible stake in the environmental aspects of the project or activity.
(iii) the public hearing at, or in close proximity to, the site(s) in all cases shall be conducted by the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) or the Union Territory Pollution Control Committee (UTPCC) concerned in the specified manner and forward the proceedings to the regulatory authority concerned within 45 (forty five) of a request to the effect from the applicant.
(iv) in case the State Pollution Control Board or the Union Territory Pollution Control Committeconcerned does not undertake and complete the public hearing within the specified period, and/or does not convey the proceedings of the public hearing within the prescribed period directly to the regulatory authority concerned as above, the regulatory authority shall engage another public agency or authority which is not subordinate to the regulatory authority, to complete the process within a further period of forty five days.
(v) If the public agency or authority nominated under the sub paragraph (iii) above reports to the regulatory authority concerned that owing to the local situation, it is not possible to conduct the public hearing in a manner which will enable the views of the concerned local persons to be freely expressed, it shall report the facts in detail to the concerned regulatory authority, which may, after due consideration of the report and other reliable information that it may have, decide that the public consultation in the case need not include the public hearing.
(vi) For obtaining responses in writing from other concerned persons having plausible stake in the environmental aspects of the project or activity, the concerned regulatory authority and the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) or the Union Territory Pollution Control Committee (UTPCC) shall invite responses from such concerned persons by placing on their website the Summary EIA report prepared in the format given in Appendix IIIA by the applicant along with a copy of the application in the prescribed form, within seven days of the receipt of a written request for arranging the public hearing. Confidential information including non-disclosable or legally privileged information involving Intellectual Property Right, source specified in the application shall not be placed on the website. The regulatory authority concerned may also use other appropriate media for ensuring wide publicity about the project or activity. The regulatory authority shall, however, make available on awritten request from any concerned person the Draft EIA report for inspection at a notified place during normal office hours till the date of the public hearing. All responses received as part of this public consultation process shall be forwarded to the applicant through the quickest available means.
(vii) After completion of the public consultation, the applicant shall address all the material environmental concerns expressed during the process, and make appropriate changes in the draft EIA and EMP. The final EIA report, so prepared, shall be submitted by the applicant to the concerned regulatory authority for appraisal. The applicant may alternatively submit a supplementary report to draft EIA and EMP addressing all the concerns espressed during the public consultation.
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