For bettering the delivery of services and timely disposal of applications, Punjab Governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore launched the e-consent service on October 9. With the launch of the new online service, the industries can now apply for no-objection certificate online at https://chocmms.nic.in/ and do not have to visit the office of Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) physically.
Once approved on the online portal, the Consent Order can be downloaded. The online service can be availed by industries as well as diesel generator owners.
As per the Governor, the rolling out of e-consent portal for environmental clearance is a huge stride towards transparency in governance and fast delivery of services to the citizens. The portal will substantially save on the application’s processing time and will allow officials to divert their energy to other productive works, he added.
Any industry, prior to beginning its operations, require consent from the pollution control body in the UT to discharge any effluent (sewage or trade effluent) into a stream or well or sewer or on land, and/or emit air pollutants into the atmosphere. For Chandigarh, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) issues the consent.
Debendra Dalai, member secretary, CPCC, was of the view that normally physical copy of the consent was issued after approval of the competent authority. This was a time-consuming process which also sometimes results in leaving several important areas unattended. Hoever, from now on the e-consent will be generated and issued to the industrial units automatically on the approval by the authority.