Interestingly, only 54 industries out of total 685 had applied for the annual consent-to-operate till Thursday, a day before last date. A senior department official, however, claimed that board officials managed to get all remaining industries file the consent on Friday, which was the last day to file the application.
According to the new policy of the board, industry owners can now submit applications for their annual consent-to-operate certificates on the department’s official website. Under the new rules, those failing to meet deadlines might now be charged a penalty of 50-100% extra on the original consent fee, which ranges from Rs 25,000 to Rs 1,50,000 annually.
The industries, however, have been demanding revision of new move as it comes with a caveat of heavy penalty slabs for defaulters. “We had requested the Haryana State Pollution Control Board to withdraw the penalty provision for late submission of applications. At times, lack of appropriate awareness leads to delay in some cases, and this needs to be addressed,” said an industry representative.
The state government made the provision that there was no need of No Objection Certificate for the green industrial units, but they must take pollution control measures and inform the administration. The six categories which still needed the Board’s consent include – assembly of acid led battery, polythene and plastic processed products manufacturing, poultry, hatchery and piggery, printing press, ready mix concrete plants and mineralized water and carbonated bottling plants. However, the exempt categories will have to install pollution control devices and in case of non-compliance of these instructions, action would be taken against them as per law.
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