S.O. 637(E): In exercise of the powers conferred by section 23 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986), the central government hereby delegates the powers vested in it under section 5 of the said
Act to all the state and union territory environment impact assessment authorities (hereinafter referred to as the said Authorities) constituted by the central government under sub-section (3) of section 3 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, to issue show cause notice to project proponents in case of violation of the conditions of the environment clearances issued by the said Authorities to projects or activities within their jurisdiction and to issue directions to the said project proponents for keeping such environment clearances in abeyance or withdrawing them, if required, for violations, subject to the condition that the central government may revoke such delegations of powers or may itself invoke the provisions of section 5 of the said Act, if in the opinion of the central government such a course of action is necessary in the public interest.
No. J-11013/2/2013-IA. (I)
— Ajay Tyagi, Joint Secretary, MoEF, New Delhi, February 28, 2014