The Haryana government issued a directive on Friday stating that legal action will be taken against industries that fail to apply for pollution board consent to operate by month end.
Chairman PK Gupta, additional chief secretary, environment-cum-chairman, Haryana state pollution control board, said that more than 80% of the units possessed the required consent but the rest were yet to comply with orders.
Similar penalties shall be attracted by units lacking effluent treatment plants (ETP) or found to be discharging untreated effluent through a borewell into an aquifer.
“Should the case be found complete except environmental clearance, the board will issue a letter stating that the project is complete in all respects, except the environmental clearance. As and when it is received, the consent to establish shall be issued by the board,” the chairman added.
All cases for consent pending for more than 90 days shall be referred to the head office if at least one meeting has taken place or the regional officer has requested the deputy commissioner to fix the date of district level committee/district level clearance committee meeting.