Control of Pollution – Consent Regime made simple
The State Pollution Control Board in last one year has taken the following measures to ensure ease of processing of application for obtaining consent/ registration/ authorization and to provide a transparent system of environmental regulation in the state.
- The State Board amended Rajasthan Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Rules, 1975 and Rajasthan Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Rules, 1983 to simplify application form and fee schedule. The State Board has also incorporated provision whereby consent will be issued for larger duration i.e. 3 years for red category, 5 years for orange category and 10 years for green category. In addition small and tiny green category industries and quarry licences upto 1 hectare will be issued one time acknowledgement which will be treated as consent.
- The State Board has also released ‘Operating Manual- a procedure book for scientific and technical officers of the State Board’ with a view to standardize procedures, bring transparency, uniformity and reduce discretion. The salient features are:-
- Key Deliverables with time limits. The State Board is endeavouring to provide consent/ authorization/ registration in lesser period than statutory limit i.e. consent to establish and operate in 3 months time (statutory limit 4 months), authorization/ registration under hazardous waste in 12 weeks (statutory limit 120 days). In addition auto renewal in case of consent will be in 8 weeks and under Tatkal Scheme in 7 days (statutory limit 4 months).
- In keeping with encouraging industrialization and ease of doing business, self certification of documents has been allowed.
- Working time limits set for each level of file processing.
- Responsible officer for all decisions defined.
- It also provides streamlined functions of various offices along with time lines to dispose consent/ authorization/ registration.
- For expeditious and smooth processing of file, guidelines for file processing have been documented.
- The specific formats of inspection reports have been developed to ensure uniformity in decision making and compliance monitoring.
- In order to ensure compliances of various regulations, enforcement norms have been defined.
- A frame work for continuous capacity building and skill up-gradation has been devised.
- A bigger role of planning section has been envisaged to develop a comprehensive policy environment.
- A greater reliance on IT enabled systems have been made so as to ensure proper monitoring of pendency and disposal of the applications submitted to the State Board.
- The State Board has initiated procedure for online submission and tracking of consent application. The State Board has started accepting application online from 18.11.2014. With this facility, an applicant can track the status of the application. The Applicant is informed about the deficiencies / decision made via e –mail / SMS.
- To avoid rejection of application due to incomplete submission of documents, the State Board has issued ‘checklist of documents’ to be submitted along with application seeking consent/ authorization/ registration.
- In line with Government policy to promote solar energy in the State, the State Board has reduced the required documents from promoter as well as issued policy guidelines, to issue consent within 15 days of receipt of application. (Statutory limit for issue of consent is 120 days).
- Directions have been issued that major deficiencies/ non- compliances observed during inspection should be communicated to industry on spot.
- The State Board has delegated the powers to various cells at Head office level and 13 Regional offices situated in the State for implementation of provisions of Water Act, 1974, Water Cess Act, 1977, Air Act, 1981, Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and rules made there under including disposal of consent applications under Water Act, 1974 and Air Act, 1981 and authorization under Bio- Medical Waste Rules, 1998 and other rules and notifications with in jurisdiction allotted depending upon the categorization of the industries. Eg. Textile units with capacity below 50 KLD are now dealt at the RO level.
- Looking to the day by day increase in industrialization and to facilitate the entrepreneurs’, two new Regional offices (1 in Jaipur District and 1 in Bhiwadi, District- Alwar) are being established.
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