To boost trade, PPCB eases clearance norms - ECAS Punjab

To boost trade, PPCB eases clearance norms

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Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 16

The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to provide relief to the industry by allowing extension to already procured sanctions till March 2021.

The move will help many industrial houses continue their operations without worrying about renewing their sanction or licences, which expired during the lockdown period from March to June.

As per official documents accessed by The Tribune, in view of the hardships faced by the industry, the PPCB had decided to provide relief to entrepreneurs by allowing them to "extend the validity of consent for establishing, authorisation, registration and any other mandatory regulatory clearances" which come under the domain of the PPCB. "The industries, having expiry on and after March 15, 2020, up to June 30, 2010, have now been allowed to operate till March 31, 2021," the documents read.

The Covid-19 pandemic has already affected new investments in Punjab. As compared to over 1,000 applications for new investments in 2019, only 90 proposals were received for major expansion and modernisation projects till June this year.

During the same period last year, various departments had received and processed 475 applications of which 300 were for new investments, 92 for expansion and the remaining for modernisation.

Of the 90 applications received this year so far, 70 were for new investments, but a number of applicants were not keen on pursuing those projects now, an official said.

The new guidelines by the PPCB state that the existing industry was complying with effluent or emission standards at all times. "Further, site inspection shall be carried out in due course of time. In case of any violations, appropriate action shall be taken under the relevant provisions," said PPCB member secretary Karunesh Garg.

"The decision will give a breather to many industrialists who are facing losses due to the Covid scare," said an industry association. "Things will take another six months to get back on track. Any relief at this point of time is a welcome step by the government," it said.



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