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MPCB launches portal to promote ease of business

Environment minister Ramdas Kadam said the move will speed up the process of industrialization in Maharashtra  

nvironmental clearances for industrial projects will now come online and that too within two months. In another move to promote ‘ease of doing business’ in the State, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on Monday launched a website to ensure online delivery of important certificates needed to start an industry.

The MPCB has cut short the period of approval for setting up an industry from the current 120 days to 60 days. It is also expected to handle 15,000 proposals every year.

State’s Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam, who launched the portal developed by MPCB, said the move will not only make industries happy, but will also speed up the process of industrialization in Maharashtra.

Some of the important permissions needed for an industry to start operations come from the MPCB. These include the sanction to set up the factory and the certificate to operate and to issue renewal certificates. As per the decision taken by the MPCB, the earlier norm of applying for renewal certificates every year has been changed. The time limit has been extended to five years, except for sugar factories.

“Almost every State in the country is offering attractive financial packages and tax incentives to invite industries. The rates of concessions are almost similar and there is very little scope to improve on that front,” said Dr P Anbalagan, member secretary, MPCB.

Dr Anbalagan said that the only way to attract more industries is to ensure a faster clearance process. “We have launched this web portal to provide faster clearance,” he said. From now onwards, the MPCB will unplug its offline sanction process, he said.

Once the request for a certificate is lodged on the portal, the industry owner will get a confirmation through a text message and an e-mail. The date and time of the proposal’s scrutiny will be generated within the system.

“There will be no scope for corruption as officers will be held responsible if they fail to meet deadlines as generated by the system,” said Dr Anbalagan.

“My department was always held responsible for delaying the projects for years,” said Mr Kadam. “We have taken a step towards speeding up the process. I am sure that the complaint of businesses shifting to Gujarat will no longer be valid.”

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will ensure online delivery of important certificates needed to start an industry

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