UCPMA submits memo to PPCB chairman

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Ludhiana, July 31: Leaders and Members of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) submitted memorandum to Ravinder Singh , Chairman, punjab pollution control board (PPCB) here today.

The memorandum reads; “ Industry is going through recession and industrialists are facing acute problems for their survival. In order to facilitate the industry to function smoothly, we have some suggestions which are under your preview.”

They sought exemption of site from Site Appraisal Committee (SAC) for all industries in designated and Mix Land Use Areas and building plans for consent / NOC from PPCB.

They sought to declare Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS) for industries who are still not cover under Pollution Act (including Air, Water and Noise). No penalisation should be done from the back date. This will help in reducing pollution and people will have confidence in the government.

They also demanded that industry situated in the Mix Land Use Areas who are the members of JBR and fulfill other non polluting norms should be given consent to operate. They should not be prosecuted.

Further, they demanded that industrial forgings / hammers who create vibration pollution should be covered under Pollution Act, as excess vibrations damage the adjoining buildings which can be threat to human life.

They asserted that generators in Mix Land Use Area up to 25 KVA and designated areas up to 62.5 KVA should be exempted from canopies as cost of canopies exceeds the cost of genset which becomes unviable for small entrepreneurs.

The memorandum reads that the Mix Land Use Area should be converted and declared as Industrial Area-D.

They deputationists hoped that their suggestions would be given due consideration for growth of the industry.