Wildlife nod not required for rly projects: Ministry

Hindustan Times | Aug 3, 2020 at 8:05 PM
  • Railway projects, small-scale development works involving construction over less than 20,000 square metres, and under-25 MW capacity hydropower plants will not require approval from the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) even if they are located within eco-sensitive zones (ESZs) of national parks or wildlife sanctuaries.
  • The 2002 Wildlife Conservation Strategy also recommends a 10 km buffer around sanctuaries.
  • The July 16 letter clarifies that proposals related to projects within a notified ESZ and those that require prior environment clearance will also require NBWL’s nod.