Process of power load enhancement to be simplified:Majithia

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Chandigarh, Nov 16 (UNI) To bring transparency and to ensure quick disposal of cases for grant of No Objection Certificate, consent, site clearance for enhancement of power load, the Punjab government has decided to simplify procedure to allow enhancement of electric connection in existing load to industry in the state.

Science and Technology Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said here today that the decision follows a meeting that representatives of industry and Punjab Pollution Control Board had with him and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Mr Majithia said that for long industry had been complaining that the existing procedure was not only cumbersome but also led to undue delays.

According to new simplified procedure for quick disposal of No Objection Certificate in two tier cases, the green category small scale NOC cases of industry would be decided by the PPCB Regional Offices within a specified time-frame.

Mr Majithia said that henceforth, the small-scale red category cases would be processed by Regional Office and would be decided by Zonal office as per time frame already conveyed.

Similarly, the large and medium scale NOC cases would be applied for in the Zonal Office and would be processed within 15 days as decided by the Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board with total time for grant of NOC being one month.

The Minister said that in future consent to operate, clearance and monitoring of the large and medium scale units would be done by Zonal Offices and then these cases would be decided by PPCB Head Office and if required, zonal office may ask Regional Offices for visit or assistance.

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