New Delhi: As many as 157 consultants have
been accredited by the Quality Council of India (QCI), making
them eligible to certify various documents related to
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the projects seeking
a `green nod`.
"The identified consultants will be permitted to appear
before State Level Expert Appraisal Committee/State
Environmental Impact Assessment Authority for category B
projects and Expert Appraisal Committee for Category A
projects till this year-end," an environment ministry official
said here today.
Category A and B projects relate to the pollution
emitting industries which can have an impact on environment if
proper preventive steps are not taken.
The official said the ministry would only accept EIAs
prepared by a consultant accredited with QCI. However, the EIA
document will be the responsibility of the project proponent,
"They would be accountable for any misinformation or
errors, if any, irrespective of who prepared it," he pointed
The accreditation process aims to raise the quality of
professionalism in these consultant organisations. Besides, it
would also ensure that these consultants are equipped with
competent and qualified manpower and adequate infrastructure.
The accreditation shall be given for three years and
QCI would conduct an annual surveillance on consultants, he
EIA helps identify, predict and evaluate the
environmental effects of proposed actions in order to aid
decision making regarding the consequences of projects and
development programmes to its natural surrounding.