Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:46:33 GMT

Application for environmental clearance enough for NOC: HSPCB

Chandigarh, Mar 20 (PTI) Haryana State Pollution Control Board today said it will grant No-Objection Certificates to all industrial units covered under the Environment Impact Assessment notification on submission of proof that these units have applied for environmental clearance to the competent authority.

The Board had previously issued NOC only after grant of environmental clearance by the competent authority.

The decision was taken by R R Jowel, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Environment Department, in a board meeting held here.

"However, the NOC so granted shall be subject to the condition that the unit would not start construction activity without obtaining environmental clearance from the competent authority," Jowel said.

The announcement has been welcomed by the state''s industrial associations, which claimed that several projects covered under EIA notification had been delayed for want of environmental clearance.

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