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Everything You Need to Know About NOC from Pollution Control Board

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With time and rising concerns, the protection of the environment has become the talk of the town today. This is one of the main reasons why regulatory authorities, such as the Pollution Control Board, have been taking numerous steps to make sure that the environmental balance is not disturbed. NOC, short for No objection certificate, is one such step undertaken to ensure the environment is not affected by the developmental projects of different industries. A NOC serves as one of the primary and mandatory requirements of a business or an industry before commencing any new project or industry. It is under the provisions of the Water Pollution Act, 1974 and the Air Pollution Act, 1981; that an entrepreneur is required to obtain a NOC and apply for renewal of consent to operate after its expiry. 


Advantages of Obtaining a NOC from the Pollution Control Board


There are various advantages of obtaining a NOC for your developmental project from the Pollution Control board. They are mentioned below as follows- 


  1. Securing NOC from Pollution Control board (PCB) assists one in ensuring sustainable development 
  2. A NOC from the PCB assists in controlling the prevention of natural resources
  3. A NOC helps in the protection of the environment by implementing effective waste management programs
  4. A NOC from PCB created awareness among the consumers
  5. NOC is a requirement for obtaining other licenses and NOCs.
  6. NOC also binds industries to follow the pollution-related compliances for their developmental projects
  7. NOC by PCB also provides Consent to Operate (CTO) and Consent to Establish (CTE) for developmental projects. 


Documents Required for Securing NOC from Pollution Control Board


To obtain NOC from the board, one needs to obtain some documents, which are mentioned below-


  • A layout plan of the proposed industry. The plan should comprise of sewage emission and treatment plans
  • Information on the DG set along is capacity should be there
  • A process flow information sheet
  • Report of analysis on solid waste, hazardous waste and fuel gases
  • There should be complete information on an instrument related to the air and pollution control board
  • Report for air effluent quality
  • All information or reports related to chemical reactions
  • A demand draft should be drawn in favour of the concerned pollution control board for the consent fee
  • A copy of the certificate of environmental clearance from the government of India
  • Water budget calculation sheet
  • A diagram showing the monitoring facility
  • Reports of industry’s emission analysis
  • Cess Applicable to the water industry

Eligibility Criteria


A candidate applying for a NOC from the pollution control board has to satisfy the following eligibility criteria-


  • The industry should be in a demarcated area
  • The industry should have less than 2 crore hosiery machinery
  • No discharge of pollution in any form
  • No hazardous waste is discharged by the industry in its operations


People who require obtaining a NOC can connect with environmental consulting firms that can help them with this service. Moreover, if an EIA report is required for the project, contact a firm that also serves as an environmental impact assessment consultant.


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