What is the News?
NITI Aayog has commissioned a study to examine the unintended economic consequences of judicial decisions that have hindered and stalled projects on environmental grounds.
About the study
- Responsible body: The study is to be undertaken by Jaipur-headquartered CUTS (Consumer Unity and Trust Society) Centre for Competition, Investment, and Economic Regulation. It also has an international presence.
What is the purpose of this study?
- The judgments of the different courts negatively impact major infrastructure projects. These decisions don’t adequately consider their economic fallout — in terms of loss of jobs and revenue.
- Hence, this study aims to sensitize the judiciary on the economic impact of their decisions. The findings will also be used as a training input for judges of commercial courts, NGT, HCs, SCs.
What will the study examine?
- The study will examine five major projects that are impacted by judicial decisions of the Supreme Court or the National Green Tribunal.
- For that, It will interview people who have been affected by the closure of the projects, environmental campaigners, experts, and assessing the business impact of the closure.
- The five projects to be analyzed include:
- Stay on the construction of an airport in Mopa, Goa;
- Ending of iron ore mining in Goa.
- Shutting down of the Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.
- Suspension of sand mining operations in Uttar Pradesh
- Stopping of construction activities in the National Capital Region.
Source: The Hindu