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PPCB opens amnesty window for polluting industries,55 register on spot

In a first,the Punjab Pollution Control Board has started voluntary disclosure scheme for industries,which are still not covered under the pollution Act.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: August 1, 2012 5:25:53 am

In a first,the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has started voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) for industries,which are still not covered under the pollution Act.

If the units are willing to become the member of common effluent treatment plant (CETP) at the Focal Point,these can get away with all kind of punitive actions — like faced with closure notice or disconnection of power supply — in the form of a one-time settlement (OTS),PPCB Chairman Ravinder Singh announced during his visit to Ludhiana on Monday. To his surprise,just after the announcement,55 industrialists registered themselves for VDS and were ready to be part of the CETP being run by a private company. They are also ready to pay the OTS to be levied from April 1.

The concept was mooted by United Cycles Parts and Manufacturers Association (UCPMA). UCPMA president Gurmeet Singh Kular said: “VDS will not only increase the confidence of industrialists in the government,it will also prevent pollution.”

In this regard,PPCB plans to organise VDS camps regularly — a camp was organised on Monday at the UCPMA campus.

The industrialists also demanded that the units operating in mix land use areas,which are members of CETP, be allowed to operate. Currently,more than 25 such units have been sent closure notices.

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