Noida: A delegation of the Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA) on Wednesday met the minister of state (independent charge) for forest and environment, Arun Kumar Saxena, in Lucknow to apprise him of red tapes in Noida, demanding his intervention to ease problems.
NEA vice-president Sudhir Srivastava said the government conducts factory inspections annually, collecting discharge water samples for tests, but releases the reports four to five months later. “Industrial units need to submit these reports to the Noida pollution department, which issues fines for late submissions. We have found that the work gets outsourced to a third party, delaying the reports and causing problems for us,” he said, adding that factory owners then have to pay fines to the pollution department even when the reports are good.
The entrepreneurs also claimed that though there is a regional pollution department office in Noida, the no-objection certificates for factories in the red category get issued from Lucknow. “The files get delayed in this process. We asked the forest minister to empower the Noida office to issue the NOCs after a due process for the ease of business,” he said.
The NEA also demanded a subsidy for upgrading from diesel gensets to piped natural gas (PNG) as it would incur huge expenses.
“The micro, small and medium enterprises have not completely recovered from the losses they suffered due to the Covid lockdowns. We demand the government to give us subsidies so that the industries make a smooth transition to PNG,” he said.
The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has banned diesel gen-sets from September 30, 2022.
The minister said he would discuss the issues with stakeholders and take suitable measures. “The state government is committed to promoting industries and resolving their problems. We will discuss the issues and direct the officials to facilitate the process,” the minister said.