‘Exempt saw mills from purview of MPCB’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jun 2018 12:57:00


Business Bureau

A delegation led by Krishna Khopde, MLA and Vikas Kumbhare, MLA from Nagpur comprising Dipen Agrawal, President of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra industry & Trade (CAMIT) , Prabhu Das Patel, President Maharashtra Timber Laghu-Udyog Mahasangh and Vijay Kewate, Secretary of Maharashtra Timber Laghu-Udyog Mahasangh called upon Devendra Fadnavis Chief Minister at Mantralaya in Mumbai .
Krishna Khopde apprised Chief Minister about the hardship and harassment faced by saw mills across the State by unnecessary action being initiated by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). He informed Chief Minister about Issuance of closure notice by MPCB to all saw mills of state resulting in harassment , extortion & corruption by officials , he demanded withdrawal of notices immediately .

Dipen Agrawal brought to the notice of Chief Minister that saw mills fall under the category of non polluting potential industry and should be exempted from taking consent from MPCB on the lines of Gujarat State where saw mills are exempted from taking clearance from pollution control board and are declared non polluting potential industry . He said the action by MPCB in State against saw mills will create large scale job loses resulting in huge unemployment and it may lead to chaos, resentment and labour unrest hence it is required to act immediately.

Prabhu Das Patel informed the CM about the difficulties being faced by saw mills of State due to high handed action by officials of MPCB against them. He said that the closure notice is being issued with one week time to represent their side. MPCB is directing MSEDCL to disconnect power with immediate effect. After patiently hearing, Chief Minister was kind to order withdrawal of notices immediately by MPCB and also assured classifying saw mills as non polluting potential industry as a result granting exemption to saw mills from taking consent from MPCB.