Chandigarh:The Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB) has made it mandatory to use PNG, CNG or non-polluting fuel for units being set up in areas of the state falling in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The directive is restricted to new industrial units as the old ones are found to be slower or reluctant to make the switch to non-polluting fuel. At Panipat, Faridabad, Gurugram and Sonipat, dark smoke emanates from chimneys of industrial units, suggesting the use of highly polluting fuel like rubber, tyres etc.
The CPCB letter was received at Haryana StatePollutionControl Board (HSPCB) earlier this month and the board has been asked to submit a compliance report within a month.
With Gurugram, Faridabad, Palwal, Sonipat, Rewari and Mahindergarh and Jhajjar being projected as investment destinations for entrepreneurs, as many as 12 out of 22 districts of the state fall in the NCR area of Haryana.
Haryana has also come up with plans to invite foreign direct investment as well as investment from entrepreneurs within the country. Environment clearance is one of the major components of setting up industry in the state. The instruction has come at a time when Haryana slipped to the 16th position from the third position.
Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) managing director Anurag Aggarwal said, “See, so far as major industries are concerned, these are either corporates or FDIs who already have a set in the state. Rest, we are duty-bound to adhere to guidelines and directives issued by the central bodies.’’
Entrepreneurs are not very enthusiastic about taking to the new system. Industry experts are also skeptical about acceptance of new guidelines issued by the CPCB. “CPCB directions are a knee-jerk reaction to the annual ritual of waking up to pollution in Delhi. With 75% of the industry of the NCR in non-conforming areas and with no access to PNG, how is the CPCB direction of any relevance? Just the cost of applying and converting a small genset to PNG is over Rs 6 lakh. How is a micro enterprise in these recessionary times expected to comply? These are ill thought through directions and shall remain on paper till a more comprehensive policy is made, being more realistic in assumptions,’’ said Deepak Sharma, industry expert and consultant for industries in Haryana.