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Old 08-Mar-2011
516 industrial units granted consent to operate

atiala March 8:

For the first time, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) organised special camps in all its regional offices across Punjab from February 28 to March 4 for on- the-spot issuance of consent to the industrial units for operating under various provisions of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

In these camps, the board cleared 516 cases of issuance of consent. Member Secretary, PPCB, Dr Babu Ram, said the camps were organised to provide hassle-free, transparent and corruption-free services to the Punjab industry.

“During the last meeting of PPCB officers, held on February 9, it was decided that the consent cases, which were pending in the board’s regional offices as on February 9 and those applications, whose delivery date is on or before February 28, should be cleared on a priority basis. Furthermore, industrial associations were also involved in the process of issuance of on-the-spot consent, so that maximum industries can avail the benefit of the special camps,” he said.

Dr Ram said special camps were organised at all PPCB regional offices, where the Senior Environmental Engineer of the zone concerned was present to clear the cases. “The highlight of these camps was that all the documents/fee was processed on the spot and computers were installed to issue duly signed and numbered consent to the industry,” he added.

Deputy Director (PR), PPCB, Dr Charanjit Singh, said the camps were supervised by the board chairman, Rajat Aggarwal, and Member Secretary, PPCB, Dr Babu Ram, who personally visited the camp site in Ludhiana to review the progress. Elaborating the details of the camps, he said that about 800 cases were processed and 516 cases were granted consent.

PPCB regional office, Patiala, granted consent to 11 industries on the spot, whereas the details of the consent issued by the other regional offices include, Mohali (39), Bathinda (24), Amritsar (41), Ludhiana (190), Jalandhar (96), Sangrur (33), Fatehgarh Sahib (49) and Hoshiarpur (33).

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