Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Packaged water makers must get NoC from all the appropriate authorities : Green Tribunal

                               Packaged drinking water manufacturers should get no objection certificate (NoC) from all appropriate government authorities including the Directorate of Food Safety and Standards Authority before applying for pollution control board, the Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal has said. 



                   The observation was made by a bench comprising Justice M Chockalingam and Prof R Nagendran during resumed hearing of the matter related to alleged pollution in packaged drinking water supplied in the city and other parts of the state. 
                 The NGT, based on news reports, had taken up the issue on suo moto basis in March last. During the last hearing, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) had submitted that as many as 814 units out of 967 do not have its nod for functioning. 
When the matter came up today, the Tamil Nadu Packaged Drinking Water Manufactures Association contended that the applications by members for approval should be considered by TNPCB as the Ground Water Extraction Act was repealed by the State government through an ordinance on September 14 last. 
            The TNPCB had earlier submitted that a Madras High Court order related to the act stood in the way grant of approval to their units. 
Counsel for the TNPCB said that clearances from State Ground and Surface Water Resources Data Centre of Public Works Department, Directorate of Food Safety and Standards Authority and the Director of Town and Country Planning were needed. 
              "If the members of the association get satisfactory report from these authorities, then only the application for consent to establish can be considered by the TNPCB," the Board’s counsel said. 
                Concurring, the Bench said NoC from all the appropriate authorities should be obtained prior to seeking TNPCB’s nod. 
Then the matter was adjourned to Next month.

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