Centre constitutes J&K Environment Impact Assessment Authority

Formulates state-level Expert Appraisal Committee
Centre constitutes J&K Environment Impact Assessment Authority
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The union government Sunday constituted Jammu and Kashmir Environment Impact Assessment Authority (EIAA), and in consultation with the state government formulated state-level Expert Appraisal Committee to assist the Authority.

According to a notification issued by the Union Ministry ofHousing and Urban Affairs, the EIAA shall be led by Lal Chand, resident ofvillage Khearian, Gole Gujral, Jammu. It will comprise of Nazir Ahmed of housenumber 12, Jeelanabad, Lane 1, Batpora, Srinagar, as its member and Director,Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing, J&K as its member secretary.

"The chairman and members of the Authority shall hold officefor a term of three years," the notification read.

Further to assist the Authority, the Centre also constituteda state level Expert Appraisal Committee, which shall be led by Subhash ChandraSharma, resident of 331 Shastri Nagar, Jammu. The members of the Committeeshall be M A Tak of 124 Mominabad (near JAKFED), Anantnag, Braj Bhushan Sharmaof 278, Sector 2, Channi Himmat, Jammu, Abdul Rashid Makroo of house number 9,lane number 11, Sector C, Gulshan Nagar, Nowgam bypass, Srinagar, ProfessorArvind Jasrotia of 33-D, Sainik Colony, Jammu, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Dar,associate professor, JK IMPA and Rural Development, Main Campus, M A Road,Srinagar.

Moreover, Irfan Yasin, retired vice-chairman, ofBagh-i-Hyder, Hyderpora bypass, Srinagar, Professor M A Khan of General PostOffice Box 726, Srinagar, Professor Falendra Kumar Sudan of department ofEconomics, University of Jammu, Professor Anil K Raina of department ofEnvironmental Sciences, University of Jammu, and Professor Shakil Ahmad Romshooof department of Earth Sciences, University of Kashmir, Srinagar shall be itsmembers, the notification states.

It adds that Scientist, in-charge Remote Sensing andGeographic Information System Lab, shall be the Secretary of the committee.

The chairman and members of the state-level Expert AppraisalCommittee shall hold office for a term of three years, the notification states.

It adds that the Committee shall function on the principleof collective responsibility and the Chairman shall endeavour to reach aconsensus in each case, and if consensus cannot be reached, the views of themajority shall prevail.

The state government has notified the Directorate ofEnvironment and Ecology in Forest department as Secretariat for the Authority.The Directorate shall provide all financial and logistic support, includingaccommodation, transportation and such other facilities in respect of all thestatutory functions of the Authority, the notification states.

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