New Delhi: Seeking to impose a serious and effective deterrent to prevent violation of environmental laws, the Centre plans to introduce an amendment bill proposing to scale up the fine to a minimum of Rs 5 crore up from Rs 1 lakh and imprisonment up to seven years for causing ‘substantial’ environmental damage.

The bill will be introduced during the second half of the budget session between April 25 and May 13.

The bill sets the the upper limit of fine as high as Rs 20 crore and imprisonment may be extended to a life term. If the damage has been unabated over a period of time, violators may have to pay additional Rs 1 crore a day. Read More