Pollution lens on car repair

Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) has slapped a deadline of 30 days on unauthorised automobile service centres, asking them to get their units registered so that a no-objection certificate can be issued to them.

By Our Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 12.07.18
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STRICT ACTION: An automobile servicing centre in Kokar, Ranchi, on Wednesday. Picture by Manob Chowdhary

Ranchi: Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) has slapped a deadline of 30 days on unauthorised automobile service centres, asking them to get their units registered so that a no-objection certificate can be issued to them.

Sources said the board's move, in the form of a notice issued on Wednesday, was to keep tabs on the auto servicing centres whose operations cause severe water and environmental pollution.

Earlier in May, the pollution board had issued similar notices to hostels and restaurants.

"Every such installation needs to obtain a clearance from the state pollution board under provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. Although major private and government installations do obtain permission, smaller units seldom follow this norm," said JSPCB member-secretary Rajeev Lochan Bakshi.

He said the board did not have a break-up of the number of government units, for which, they were conducting a survey. But he clarified that all types of units providing various services would have to get registered with the pollution board.

"Any type of industry, say, hostel, restaurant, automobile serving centre, railway locomotive service centre, will have to obtain 'Consent to Establish' and 'Consent to Operate' certificates from the board. After the deadline, we will conduct raids and impose penalties and/or shut down all units running without permission," he said.

Bakshi said Wednesday's notice was aimed at railway locomotive workshops, integrated transport workshops and auto service centres.

After receiving an application, technicians of the board would visit the centre to ensure that all necessary precautions were taken and equipment installed to prevent water and air pollution, a pollution board official explained.

"Service centres are the biggest source of ground water contamination because oil, grease, sludge are directly discharged into drains which ultimately pollutes ground water and water bodies. In recent times, several servicing centres have started mushrooming in he city and districts," he said.