Skip to main content
Sabrang
Sabrang
Environment Health

Vapi Industries Association wants Gujarat Pollution Board to relax environmental clearance norms

Environmentalists slam demand, say shameful that insincere industries can pressure the government

Sabrangindia 26 May 2020

EnviornmentImage Courtesy:.justdial.com

After the Vapi Industries Association (VIA) made questionable requests to the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) essentially asking for the pollution watchdog to relax effluent discharge norms citing the shortage of skilled staff to manage Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) in a letter dated May 18, 2020, environmentalists from the state of Gujarat and from the country have come forward to slam the demand of the VIA saying that it shows the VIA’s “puny understanding about the natural resources and environment”.

In a letter to Mukesh Puri, the Chairman of the GPCB, the President of the VIA, Prakash Bhadra had put forth the following thoughts:

1.       Due to skilled personnel manning Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) operations not being available in the lockdown, there may be non-compliance in discharge norms – in this regards, VIA has said that though it is working hard to put all its industry members under compliance, the GPCB should not take harsh steps or actions for petty lapses and instead give time to concerned industries for a personal hearing. VIA had also demanded that defaulting units should be given a chance to present their case in front of a Grievance Redressal Committee which may be formed by the Board and include the President of the Industries Association.

2.       Granting Consent to Establish (CTE) and Consolidated Consent and Authorization (CCA) to pending applications instead of rejecting them with small administrative reasons to help industries for their smooth functioning.

3.       Just like the Board is granting environmental clearances to pharmaceutical industries, it should grant the same to industries in other sectors too, to boost the economy.

4.       If there are any lapses in complying with environmental norms or if members fail to meet discharge norms, the industries should be heavily penalized by closing them down. First time defaulters should be given a financial penalty, second time defaulters should be punished with a heavier penalty and third time defaulters may have a harsher punishment slapped on them.

5.       The VIA has asked the GPCB to abolish the norm of getting individual Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies done for industries situated within an industrial estate and discharging their treated waste water through a Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) drainage line since it costs Rs. 5 to 7 lakh, which is unaffordable for small units. Instead of this, the VIA says that the EIA report of the concerned CETP of that industrial estate should be submitted for establishment of new units or expansion of existing units of the concerned industrial estate.

The entire letter by the Vapi Industries Association (VIA) may be read below.

In response to the letter of the VIA, senior environmentalists, Rohit Prajapati and Krishnakant, members of the Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, said, “It is quite shameful that such insincere and shallow industries are able to pressurize the government as well as concerned authorities under the farce of economic hardship and growth,” Counterview reported.

They also raised a pertinent question regarding VIA saying, “If there is no labour to treat their industrial effluent, where do they get the labour to run their industry that generates effluent?” This pointed out to the fact that the VIA had said that industrial activities would continue during the lockdown just like before.

The activists also mentioned that it would even more appalling if the government accepts their demand. They said that economic growth achieved without environmental protection and restoration is not only short-lived but also proves costly in the long run, slamming the demands of the VIA saying that such demands only attempt to water down environmental laws to benefit the polluters.

Last year the principal bench of the National Green Tribunal had authorized a joint team of the GPCB and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to recover compensation of Rs. 117 crore from polluting industries in Vapi Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) for the pollution of the Daman Ganga River. The CETP operator, Vapi Green Enviro Limited (VGEL) was also slapped a fine of Rs. 10 crore for violating inlet norms.

Related:

After river-fronts, comes the season of water aerodromes
All Assam Students’ Union protests coal mining in Dehing Patkai forest
Withdraw hasty Environment Clearance to Central Vista Project: NAPM
Scientists urge citizens to write to demand rejection of forest clearance in Dibang Valley

Vapi Industries Association wants Gujarat Pollution Board to relax environmental clearance norms

Environmentalists slam demand, say shameful that insincere industries can pressure the government

EnviornmentImage Courtesy:.justdial.com

After the Vapi Industries Association (VIA) made questionable requests to the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) essentially asking for the pollution watchdog to relax effluent discharge norms citing the shortage of skilled staff to manage Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) in a letter dated May 18, 2020, environmentalists from the state of Gujarat and from the country have come forward to slam the demand of the VIA saying that it shows the VIA’s “puny understanding about the natural resources and environment”.

In a letter to Mukesh Puri, the Chairman of the GPCB, the President of the VIA, Prakash Bhadra had put forth the following thoughts:

1.       Due to skilled personnel manning Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) operations not being available in the lockdown, there may be non-compliance in discharge norms – in this regards, VIA has said that though it is working hard to put all its industry members under compliance, the GPCB should not take harsh steps or actions for petty lapses and instead give time to concerned industries for a personal hearing. VIA had also demanded that defaulting units should be given a chance to present their case in front of a Grievance Redressal Committee which may be formed by the Board and include the President of the Industries Association.

2.       Granting Consent to Establish (CTE) and Consolidated Consent and Authorization (CCA) to pending applications instead of rejecting them with small administrative reasons to help industries for their smooth functioning.

3.       Just like the Board is granting environmental clearances to pharmaceutical industries, it should grant the same to industries in other sectors too, to boost the economy.

4.       If there are any lapses in complying with environmental norms or if members fail to meet discharge norms, the industries should be heavily penalized by closing them down. First time defaulters should be given a financial penalty, second time defaulters should be punished with a heavier penalty and third time defaulters may have a harsher punishment slapped on them.

5.       The VIA has asked the GPCB to abolish the norm of getting individual Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies done for industries situated within an industrial estate and discharging their treated waste water through a Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) drainage line since it costs Rs. 5 to 7 lakh, which is unaffordable for small units. Instead of this, the VIA says that the EIA report of the concerned CETP of that industrial estate should be submitted for establishment of new units or expansion of existing units of the concerned industrial estate.

The entire letter by the Vapi Industries Association (VIA) may be read below.

In response to the letter of the VIA, senior environmentalists, Rohit Prajapati and Krishnakant, members of the Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, said, “It is quite shameful that such insincere and shallow industries are able to pressurize the government as well as concerned authorities under the farce of economic hardship and growth,” Counterview reported.

They also raised a pertinent question regarding VIA saying, “If there is no labour to treat their industrial effluent, where do they get the labour to run their industry that generates effluent?” This pointed out to the fact that the VIA had said that industrial activities would continue during the lockdown just like before.

The activists also mentioned that it would even more appalling if the government accepts their demand. They said that economic growth achieved without environmental protection and restoration is not only short-lived but also proves costly in the long run, slamming the demands of the VIA saying that such demands only attempt to water down environmental laws to benefit the polluters.

Last year the principal bench of the National Green Tribunal had authorized a joint team of the GPCB and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to recover compensation of Rs. 117 crore from polluting industries in Vapi Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) for the pollution of the Daman Ganga River. The CETP operator, Vapi Green Enviro Limited (VGEL) was also slapped a fine of Rs. 10 crore for violating inlet norms.

Related:

After river-fronts, comes the season of water aerodromes
All Assam Students’ Union protests coal mining in Dehing Patkai forest
Withdraw hasty Environment Clearance to Central Vista Project: NAPM
Scientists urge citizens to write to demand rejection of forest clearance in Dibang Valley

Related Articles

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Theme

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Campaigns

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Videos

Communalism

Hate Speech is rampant while Free speech is criminalised | Teesta Setalvad

Eminent speakers like Justice Anjana Prakash, Saba Naqvi expressed grave concerns over the draconian laws, used to put down the struggles of the labouring masses and the manner in which the law enforcement have been taking down students, academicians, political and human rights activists, artists, Dalits, Muslims and tribal people.

Communalism

Hate Speech is rampant while Free speech is criminalised | Teesta Setalvad

Eminent speakers like Justice Anjana Prakash, Saba Naqvi expressed grave concerns over the draconian laws, used to put down the struggles of the labouring masses and the manner in which the law enforcement have been taking down students, academicians, political and human rights activists, artists, Dalits, Muslims and tribal people.

IN FACT

Analysis

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Archives