Karnataka State Pollution Control Board to Incentivize Environment Compliance
Bengaluru 23nd December 2022… An interactive session with Dr. Shanth A Thimmaiah, Chairman of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) was organized by The Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) in the city. Dr. Shanth A Thimmaiah addressed participants from various industry sectors stating the urgent need to reduce the existing gap between policymakers and industry with regard to pollution compliance. He also answered several queries on pollution control from the industry.
In his address, Dr. Shanth A Thimmaiah said “There is a trust deficit between industry and policymakers. We need to understand that production and pollution are two sides of the same coin as they are dependent on each other. Production and Pollution should be considered equally, and by doing so you will comply with the statutory authorities, and it will also help in the sustainability of the industry as well. After taking over as Chairman, we have already visited 14 districts and conducted industry sector-specific meetings to educate them about their roles and responsibilities with regard to pollution control and check compliance as per the legal document submitted by them”.
Dr. Shanth A Thimmaiah requested the BCIC to arrange similar interaction meetings periodically with industry leaders at the zonal level. KSPCB has signed an MoU with CII for implementing GreenCo rating certification for industries. The industries which obtain the KSPCB-CII GreenCo rating certificate will be incentivized through a one-time cash prize award ranging from Rs 50,000/- to Rs. 10,00,000/- depending on the scale of the industry & rating obtained. An amount of Rs 2 crore has been earmarked in the financial year 2023-24 for the incentive scheme.
Elaborating on the gigantic proportions of waste generated by the state, Dr. L Ravindran, President-BCIC said an enormous quantity of sewage, industrial waste, municipal solid waste, bio-medical waste, hazardous waste, plastic waste, and e-waste is generated in the State every day and the KSPCBs efforts in tackling these issues are commendable. He said that the main aim of the interactive session with Dr. Shanth A Thimmaiah was to understand the expectations of KSPCB and to bring about synergies between industry and government.
Dr. Shanth A Thimmaiah urged the industry and associations like BCIC to take this message forward to ensure legal compliance and assured industries that KSPCB is always available for clarification and assistance.