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To help industry, Punjab eases clearance norms

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24

To encourage investment in the state amid the Covid pandemic, the Congress government in Punjab has announced a slew of relaxations for the industry, including extension of validity of statutory clearances without inspection.

Extensions given

  • Punjab Pollution Control Board chairman SS Marwaha said the board had extended the validity of consent for operation, authorisation, registration and any other mandatory regulatory clearances up to June 30, 2020, in view of the Covid crisis.
  • The validity of the clearances has also been further extended up to March 31, 2021, with certain stipulations on submission of application without the conduct of any inspection by the board.

Detailed guidelines to this effect have been issued by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), which finalised the relaxations in its 184th meeting. The move is aimed at easing the process of obtaining statutory clearances in these difficult circumstances, a spokesperson for the Chief Minister's Office said.

The relaxations will help instil confidence among businessmen and encourage them to invest in the state during the current pandemic in a hassle-free manner. PPCB chairman SS Marwaha said the board had extended the validity of consent to establish/operate, authorisation, registration and any other mandatory regulatory clearances up to June 30, 2020, in view of the Covid crisis.

The validity of the clearances has also been further extended up to March 31, 2021, with certain stipulations on submission of application without the conduct of any inspection by the board. In order to ensure the participatory regulatory compliance of environmental regulations, the industries which were operating without the consent of the board have been given time up to December 31, 2020, to apply for obtaining clearances under the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme, Marwah said.

They can do so with an exemption to deposit the consent fee prior to November 1, 2018, and payment of one-time notional fee of Rs 5,000. Further, in order to facilitate brick-kilns to obtain consent under the Water Act, 1974, their owners have been given an exemption from depositing the consent fees prior to November 1, 2018.



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