Thiruvanathapuram: The state Pollution Control Board (PCB) has sought the help of local bodies to identify industries, including hotels, functioning without the board’s consent. The move comes in the wake of a direction from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) asking pollution control boards to act on the National Green Tribunal order stipulating that all units working without the consent of the board be shut down.

Chairman of the State Pollution Control Board, K.Sajeevan said: “We received a direction from the union ministry asking us to act on the court order. Our field officers are in the process of identifying the units. We have asked them to work on a priority basis.

While identifying the units, they will look for industries that come under the RED category, identified as ‘heavily polluting’ by the MOEF.” Notices have been sent to the local bodies, including the corporation, panchayats and municipalities, requesting them to identify industries functioning without the PCB’s consent.

In addition to industries, even hotels with a seating capacity of more than 140, flour mills, saw mills, hollow brick units, quarries, bakery units and flats come under the purview of this order.
The letters sent out from the Thiruvananthapuram district office to the local bodies had set a deadline of July 15 to convey the MOEF’s instructions.

Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle