PANJIM: In a move towards implementation of Polluter Pays Principle as directed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the industries causing “substantial damage” to environment would be fined between Rs 10,000 to Rs 10 lakh as per the decision taken by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), the nodal agency to impose penalty and recover compensation.
The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) during its Board meeting held on May 8 took a decision to have serious implementation of Polluter Pays Principle and accordingly has classified the pollution into three heads- Discharge/Emission/Burning of Waste/Disposal of Solid Waste, Discharge + Emission /Discharge + Noise / Emissions + Disposal of Solid Waste and exceeding prescribed limits for Air / Water/ Noise. It has decided to ensure that the penalty imposed is deterrent so that the violations are not repeated.
The decision has been taken following National Green Tribunal (NGT) series of orders with regards to enforcing Polluter Pays Principle. In one of the matter, the Tribunal had asked pollution authority to assess the compensation to be recovered from the establishments involved in pollution of River Mandovi.
The red category industries exceeding prescribed limits of Air or Water or Noise would be fined Rs one lakh for small units or 40 percent of the fees, Rs five lakh or 40 percent of fees to medium units and Rs 10 lakh or 40 percent of fees for large units, whichever is higher.
The fine for orange category industries is between Rs 25,000 to Rs one lakh or 30 percent of the fees. The green industries would be also fined 20 percent of their fees for the prescribed violation. Discharge + Emission /Discharge + Noise / Emissions + Disposal of Solid Waste the fine varies between Rs 50,000 (small) to Rs two lakh (large) or 30 percent of the fees for the industries in red category.
For orange category units, the penalty is Rs 25,000 (small), Rs 40,000 (medium) and Rs 60,000 (large) or 25 percent of the fees, whichever is higher.
Fine in form of 20 percent of its fees would be also imposed on green industries.
The industries or establishments involved in Discharge/Emission/Burning of Waste/Disposal of solid waste in open will have to shell out Rs 40,000 (Red), Rs 20,000 (orange) and Rs 10,000 (green) or 10 percent of the fees or incident.
Further, for units operating without Consent of the Board, the fine would be Rs 10,000 per year (small), Rs 15,000 per year (medium) and Rs 20,000 per year (large) or 50 percent of the fees, whichever is higher for red category units.
For orange category, the fine will be Rs 5,000 per year (small), Rs 10,000 per year (medium) and Rs 20,000 per year (large) or 50 percent of the fees. Under green category the same would be Rs 2000, Rs 5000 and Rs 10,000 per year.
“If the establishments are still found violating then the penalty would be double for every additional violation,” the Board said.
The Board has decided that 60 percent of the penalties collected would be used towards remediation process while the balance 40 percent as administrative charges.