'Pollution NOC for over Rs 5 cr investment units'

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Chandigarh, Nov 23: Haryana State Pollution Control Board will issue No-Objection-Certificate to industrial units having an investment of over Rs five crore at the head office of the Board at Panchukla. These directions were issued here by Minister of State for Environment Kiran Choudhry.

These units include hot mix plant, stone crushers, construction projects which had a discharge of 10 KLD or more and units covered under Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification.Units which had an investment of less than Rs five crore would be issued NOC by the District-level Clearance Committee (DLCC) headed by the respective Deputy Commissioners as per the Haryana Industrial Promotion Rules 2007.These would include brick kilns and other plants and machineries.

Ms Choudhry reviewed different issues pertaining to pollution control in the state at the sixth meeting held at Panchkula yesterday with the Pollution Control Board officers and officials.

She directed the Regional Officers present in the meeting to strictly deal with the pollution violators in the state and to work vigilantly and diligently.

It was informed in the meeting that the Board had issued show cause notices to about 867 violators of Aravalli Notification at Gurgoan and issued closure orders of 241 units under the Water and Air Acts in the state in the current financial year. Around 4728 consent applications were received by the Board under the Water Act and 7986 applications under the Air act this year.

The Minister directed the Board to prosecute the environment violators under the law, failing to which the concerned official would be suspended or penalised for negligence. She stressed that environment was an important issue today and no relaxation would be given to anyone violating the norms.

She asked the Regional Officers to provide the list of plastic bags and products manufacturing units functional in the state and directed them to slap notice on the manufacturing units which were not adhering to the norms.

Mrs Choudhry directed all the regional officers to appoint environment wardens in each ward in order to keep a check on the use of plastic bags and products.She asked them to spread awareness through rallies and to conduct various wakeful activities pertaining to environment in the state. She also asked the officers to submit a detailed report of the various activities which included awareness campaigns, functioning of the Eco Clubs in accordance with the calendar of events issued by the Board.

The Minister directed the Board to formulate a proper NOC procedure and make it available online. She said that each stage should be properly explained in order to maintain transparency.

She also asked the Board to amend the notification on priority basis which clearly lists the norms and criteria for closure and functioning of the stone crushers operational in the State.

She urged the Regional officers to prepare an environmental movie and screen it in each school of the State through EDUSAT system. She asked them to expedite the awareness campaigns in their districts through the members of the ECO clubs and young children.

She said that it was very important to sensitise the children on the various environmental issues as they were the future guardians of the environment.

UNI

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