Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) Chairman Ravinder Singh has told industrialists to re-consider the cases of those industries whose power supply had been snapped in the recent past for violating environmental norms. The Chairman had meetings with industrialists at the Punjab Trade Centre two days ago,where he agreed to review the cases of industries whose power supply has been snapped due to violations.
The industrialists demanded that at least three notices should be given to the violator instead of issuing closure notice at once and disconnecting power too immediately.
Joginder Kumar,President of the Ludhiana Electroplaters Association,said,I myself handed over the list of 22 units to the chairman which are part of a common effluent treatment plant and their power supply has still been snapped. The chairman said that he would review the decision.
The chairman,however,categorically stated that he would add more facilities for industry but would not tolerate the discharge of effluent directly into sewerage. He said,Although CETP has the capacity to treat 59 lakh litres water per day,only 47 lakh litres water is being treated till date. So still more electroplating units need to get themselves registered.
For further facilitation of the industry,a camp is being organised by Punjab Pollution Control Board at United Cycles Parts and Manufacturers Association,where officers from all sections will sit together to make approvals of various kinds easy.
Gurmeet Singh Kular,president of United Cycles Parts and Manufacturers Association,said,Now Punjab Pollution Control Board has also introduced a Site Approval Committee (SAC) before giving consent to the units. But in many categories SAC is not applicable and the units are still not getting authorisation certificates. This confusion needs to be sorted out.
Kumar added,In electroplating units only,the ones that use chrome need to apply to SAC and not the ones that are using zinc etc. But the Punjab Pollution Control Board local unit is still not clearing files of many units. We have taken up the matter with the Punjab Pollution Control Board chairman and he has said that he would look into the matter.
The industrialists said that though the the Punjab Pollution Control Board chairman gave them a positive response,the actual relief will be seen only after he makes some changes.
Meanwhile,the Punjab Pollution Control Board has also introduced an online help desk for the industrialists of large and medium units. All sort of paper work will come to an end for these units.
Everything will be just a click away. For small units,it is still optional.
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