The city industrialists are up in arms against Chandigarh administration for retrospective implementation of rules by the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) for grant of consent to establish an industrial unit.
Recently, CPCC had changed rules for units, which had not obtained consent to establish before starting operations.
Under the new rules, existing units have to close down before applying for the consent. They also mandate disconnection of water and electricity connections.
BS Sani, general secretary, Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association, said retrospective implementation of rules by the CPCC was against natural justice and law.
“Hundreds of units were already established before the CPCC came into being. The new rules are applicable on those units which are established after the new rules were notified,” said Sani.
The association also maintained that the charging of late fees with retrospective effect on account of not obtaining consent to establish was illegal.
It further stated that that no awareness campaign had been initiated by the CPCC for entrepreneurs. Therefore, there was an acute lack of awareness about environment laws, rules and amendments made from time to time. The industrialists have in the past submitted several representations to the administration for addressing the issue. They have also been pressing for increase in time limit up to one year for application of consent under the new rules.
Other demands include those units, which have applied for consent voluntarily to come under the purview of law should not be sealed. Water and electricity of any unit should not be disconnected and no penalty with retrospective effect should be imposed on them.
A meeting of CPCC is scheduled on Thursday to review the implementation of new rules.