ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

Health Aspects of the Environmental Impact Assessment Process in India

Impact assessments are conducted with the objective of safeguarding human health and the environment. The Environmental Impact Assessment notification of 2006, subsequent amendments and associated guidelines provide the framework to document untoward effects of proposed industrial and developmental projects on the environment, and to manage them. It is also implicitly understood that the notification covers human health concerns arising from the proposed projects. Are health concerns being adequately accounted for when projects are provided clearance? Through the use of a standardised framework, several gaps were found in health-related aspects of the notification and the two evaluated EIA reports analysed here. Further reflection is called for on the purpose of EIAs to prevent human health from becoming a casualty on the path to "development".

The author would like to thank the SOCHARA team for their support through the course of this study. Greenpeace provided copies of the EIA reports that were available with them on request. Abhayraj Naik and Prasanna Saligram provided useful technical inputs and feedback on the report. An anonymous reviewer of the EPW highlighted necessary changes, especially in the results section to improve the quality of the article.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Or

To gain instant access to this article (download).

Pay INR 200.00

(Readers in India)

Pay $ 12.00

(Readers outside India)

Back to Top