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Directive may delay DPCC action

Experts said the move is not likely to change anything on the ground.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published: February 21, 2015 2:49:40 am

While the Delhi government has maintained that pollution would not rise by its decision that small scale industries need not take the “consent to operate” from Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), officials of the DPCC disagreed.

According to a circular issued by Industries Directorate, DPCC will not be required to visit a factory until production begins. Instead, it’s only after the Industries Directorate forwards the DPCC and MCD the details of industries that their pollution levels will be looked into.

A DPCC official said this could lead to problems in the long run. “By the time the DPCC is forwarded registration forms from the directorate of industries, the plant will already be up and running. In case an industry needs consent, the DPCC still has to determine its pollution quotient. And closing down an operational plant becomes complicated,” an official said.

“We have very limited numbers. It’s hard for us to go and investigate whether a restaurant is treating its sewage properly. Now, that entire process has become delayed,” the official said.

Experts said the move is not likely to change anything on the ground. “The decision by the government seems to be one made in a hurry. While we’d want the government to take action, they should issue well thought out policies,” Sunita Narain, CSE, said.

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