3 Dec : In Maharashtra, 297 projects have been accorded environmental clearance in terms of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notifications of 1994 and of 2006 issued under the provisions of Environment(Protection) Act, 1986 during last two years i.e. from 2006-2008.
A total of 301 projects were received from the state for this clearance. Out of the approved projects , the highest were in the field of building and construction followed by 71 in Industrial sector.58 projects were related to mining of minerals where as river valley and thermal power plans each sector had 8 projects.
The EIA Notification, 2006 provides for a time limit of 105 days for taking decision after receipt of complete information from the project proponents.