Pollution Board to give online NOC
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Taking note of the grave violations of the pollution norms by manufacturing units, builders, miners and stone crushers, Kiran Choudhry, Minister of State for Environment and Forest, has asked the Haryana State Pollution Control Board to take strict measures against offenders.
The minister has also asked the Pollution Control Board to formulate a proper procedure for giving No Objection Certificate (NOC) to these units. She has proposed an online NOC procedure. "Each stage should be properly explained in order to maintain transparency. I have also asked the officials of the Pollution Control Board to amend the notification on the functioning of the stone crushers of the state, to clearly list the norms and criteria for their closure and functioning," she said.
The minister said she has also asked the Regional Officers of the state to expedite their campaigns in their districts through children, and disseminate more finances to the Eco Clubs.
Choudhry warned that government officials will be penalised for negligence of duty if they do not take proper action against the alleged violators of environment norms.
Taking a serious view of illegal mining in the Aravalis, she had earlier directed the Regional Officers of the Haryana Pollution Control Board (HPCB) to constitute a committee to keep a strict vigil on any such activity, and take immediate action against the offenders.
The minister has also taken a strong view of the construction activities that violate environment norms in the state. The Haryana Pollution Control Board recently served notices to 147 builders for failing to get environmental clearance for their housing and commercial projects before executing them.
As many as 120 of these projects have been started by developers and builders in Faridabad and Gurgaon. Many of these cases are now in the environmental courts of Faridabad and Kurukshetra.