Green issues not to create hurdle

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 30 2009, 06:18am hrs
In a positive message to corporate world, Jairam Ramesh the new environment minister in the new government on Friday said that his first priority would be to see that 'environmental clearance' should not be stumbling block in implementation of various industrial projects in the country.

He said the another priority area is that the ministry should shed the image of being a regulatory hurdle so that it emerges as facilitator in economic development process.

Environment ministry is being seen as a regulatory hurdle in the process of the economic growth. But here we are getting feedback from state governments as well from the industry that environment is emerging as a stumbling block to faster growth, Ramesh said.

On need for generation of more in the country through coal and hydel based sources, Ramesh who was also minister for state for power in earlier ministry said that the ministry needs to adopt more market-friendly approach as India cannot have growth without pushing coal and hydel projects which are the most important resources for power.