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Pollution board issues notices to 45 units, varsities

 

The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has issued show-cause notices to about 45 industries, private universities and stone crushers for violating environmental norms and operating without getting due sanction.

The violators, including three private universities, have been given time to obtain the necessary permissions and environmental clearances from the SPCB by March 31 or else face penal action. In case they fail to obtain the necessary sanctions, they will be panelised as per law, which includes closure of their units and disconnecting their power and water supply.

“To ensure strict adherence to environmental laws and norms, we have issued show-cause notices to about 45 units, which have been directed to comply with the laid down norms,” said Kuldeep Singh Pathania, chairman, SPCB. He said strict action would be taken against anyone found violating the norms.

The show-cause notices pertain to deviation in the approvals sought by entrepreneurs and promoters of private universities. “Some of the universities have taken an approval for undertaking construction in a specific area, but have now gone beyond that without applying and seeking fresh approvals,” Pathania said.

It was following gross violations by owners of stone crushers that a large number of these crushing units have been issued notices.

There is strict monitoring of air and sound pollution by five cement plants in the state so as to ensure that there is no adverse impact on the health of the people residing in the vicinity of these plants.

Private universities, almost 15, including 10 in Solan, have also come under the strict surveillance of the pollution board. Two universities had earlier been issued notices for not obtaining a prior environmental clearance as the built area covered by them was huge. “We will ensure that construction activity is strictly in adherence to the approved plans and there is proper debris disposal so that no damage is caused to the forest,” said an official.

 

The Tribune (26-03-2013)