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Rainwater rider for industry units

Jamshedpur, May 13: Rainwater harvesting facility has been made mandatory for new industrial units seeking no-objection-certificates (NOC) from the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB).

The JSPCB move is aimed at arresting groundwater depletion and making units abide by the pollution norms.

Senior board officials confirmed that a new industrial project would be given an NOC only if it comes up with a rainwater harvesting system on its premises.

The latest directive of the board envisages ensuring optimum utilisation of groundwater resources and its recharging by the industrial units. All medium, small and large-scale units would have to install rainwater harvesting. “We have taken a decision that no new industrial project without the facility will get a certificate from the department,” said JSPCB member-secretary R.K. Sinha.

The officials added that getting an NOC from the board is mandatory for any new industrial project coming up in the state. The new measure would ensure that all the upcoming industrial projects help recharge the groundwater level.

Besides, the board is also putting pressure on existing industrial units in Jharkhand to install rainwater harvesting system at the earliest.

Officials in the JSPCB said that despite reminders, a number of industrial units — mostly small and medium ones — failed to adopt the rainwater harvesting system. Only 20 per cent of the small and medium industries in the Adityapur industrial area, the biggest industrial zone in the state, have a rainwater harvesting facilities. The industrial area houses around 800 small, medium and large-scale units.

According to JSPCB officials, the existing industrial units can take the help of experts in the state water resources department, as most of those are in a position to use their terraces as catchment areas for a proper rainwater harvesting facility.

“With monsoon at the doorsteps, we have initiated measures to ensure that existing units come up with the required facility. Public notices would be issued against the industrial units, which have failed to comply with the directive,” added Sinha.

He said that a number of industrial units are using groundwater resource, but have failed to recharge it with rainwater harvesting facility because of which the groundwater level is depleting fast.

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