The government has set minimum seven days and maximum 30 days for issuing the Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) for investors in economic zones.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has issued a circular recently in this regard.The circular came at a time when the government decided to set up 100 special economic zones across the country, aiming to attract billion dollars of investment there.
According to the ministry, the Department of Environment (DoE) must issue or complete the process of ECC within seven days for green and Orange-A category industries.
As part of one stop services, the DoE will also provide the ECC or complete procedure for Orange-B and Red categories industry within 20 days and 30 days respectively.
The environmental clearance committee will submit the recommendations to the director general within 15 working days from the date of receipt of the application.
If the environmental clearance committee has any point of observations/recommendations regarding the approval of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the applicant will informed of that.
The validity of the ECC of the green category industry and project is three years and the validity period of the Orange-A, Orange-B and Red classes industry and project is one year.The approval has to be submitted for renewal minimum 30 days prior to the date of expiration for each category ECC, Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury, secretary to the environment and forest said.
The government is now serious about implementing planned industrial zones instead of unplanned industries across the country.
State minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid in a view exchange meeting with businessmen said the government will provide uninterrupted natural gas and electricity connections for industrial units at special economic zones as part of the government sponsored one-stop services.
He said the government will not provide any electricity and gas connections in any unplanned industrial units in coming days.