Altaf asks SPCB to speed up licensing process

Srinagar: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Mian Altaf asked the authorities of State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and forest department to speed up issuance and renewal process of licenses to the Industrial Unit Holders besides following the guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board while handling environmental issues in the State.

The Minister was talking to the Representatives of Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir, Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association and Saw Mill Association of Anantnag here today.

Commissioner Secretary Forests Sheikh Aijaz Iqbal besides senior officers of Forest Department and SPCB were also present on the occasion.

The Minister asked the Representatives of Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir and Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association to cooperate with the Government in safeguarding environment in and around their business establishments. He said Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) need to be constructed near hotels and restaurants as per guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board. He asked them to construct septic tanks as per requirement and norms fixed to this effect.   

Emphasizing for early renewal of licenses to the industrial units of Anantnag district, the Minister directed officers of SPCB and Forest Department to streamline the process so that the grievance of the unit holders is addressed. He asked them to come up with the recommendation of Broad Based Committee constituted to look into the problems of industrial unit holders so that a final decision is taken accordingly in the matter.

 

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