The survival and well being of any nation depends on sustainable social and economic progress that satisfies the needs and aspiration of the present, without compromising the interest of future generations. Environmental conservation is an integral part of the socio economic development. But the spiraling population and increasing industrialization have posed a serious challenge to the preservation of our terrestrial and aquatic eco systems. Conservation and enhancement of life support systems like land, water, forests and bio-diversity are important for ecological security of Tamil Nadu. Several initiatives have been taken by this Government for pollution abatement in the rivers and lakes, besides promoting environmental consciousness among the school children and the public at large.
The Department of Environment was created in 1995 as the Nodal Department for dealing with the task of promoting environmental consciousness in the State. The Department is entrusted with the monitoring of major projects like pollution abatement in the river Cauvery, Vaigai, Tamiraparanai and in Chennai City waterways under National River Conservation Programme and Pollution abatement in lakes under National Lake Conservation Programme besides all aspects of Environment other than those dealt with by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.
Government of India have constituted a State Level Coastal Zone Management Authority with the Secretary to Government, Environment and Forests Department as the Chairman and the Director of Environment as Member Secretary to protect the coastal areas and to implement the provision of Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011. Proposals seeking environmental clearance under Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011 are scrutinized and approved or recommended by the TNSCZMA.
TThe department is administered by the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Forest Service Officer (IFS). So far, the following officers have worked as the Director.
|1||Dr. K. Satyagopal, I.A.S.,||22.03.1996 to 01.08.1996|
|2||Dr. T. Sekar, I.F.S.,||01.08.1996 to 23.05.2000|
|3||Dr. S. Balaji, I.F.S.,||24.05.2000 to 27.08.2005|
|4||Thiru K.S. Neelakantan, I.F.S.,||28.08.2005 to 05.11.2007|
|5||Thiru Bhagwan Singh, I.F.S.,||06.11.2007 to 07.07.2008|
|6||Dr. R. Annamalai, I.F.S.,||08.07.2008 to 22.09.2009|
|7||Thiru.T.S. Srinivasamurthy, I.F.S.,||23.09.2009 to 02.04.2012|
|8||Dr. H. Malleshappa, I.F.S.,||03.04.2012 to 15.09.2017|
|9||Thiru. A.V. Venkatachalam, I.F.S.,||16.09.2017 to 30.06.2018|
|10||Thiru. A. Udhayan I.F.S.,||01.07.2018 to 13.12.2018|
|11||Dr. Jayanthi, M., I.F.S.,||14.12.2018 to 18.09.2020|
|12||Thiru. K.V. Giridhar. I.F.S.,||18.09.2020 to 06.07.2021|
|13||Tmt. P. Rajeswari I.F.S.,||06.07.2021 to 14.06.2022|
|14||Thiru. Deepak S. Bilgi I.F.S.,||15.06.2022 to till date|
The Director of Environment in the cadre of Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests is assisted by an Additional Director in the rank of Conservator of Forests.
|1||Director||Head of the Department and overall in charge of the Office|
|2||Addl. Director||To assist the Director in implementing the schemes|
|3||Deputy Director||Officer in charge of Environment Education & Awareness|
|4||Assistant Conservator of Forest||Head of Green Squad for enforcing violation under CRZ Notification 2011.|
|5||Ranger||To assist the Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF)|
|6||Accounts officer||Officer in charge of Accounts of the Dept.|
This department is not granting any concession or permits. However, the details of clearances issued by the Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority are furnished in the departmental website (URL: www.environment.tn.gov.in) along with the projects recommended to NCZMA for consideration.
Important and appropriate records have been computerized and are available in the departmental website viz.www.environment.tn.gov.in.
There is a library under ENVIS and it is open to public during office hours i.e. from 10.00 AM to 05.45 PM on all working days. The required information on Environment is also furnished by the ENVIS Centre.
Thiru. V.K. Saravanan, Forest Range Officer