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Punjab nod to NOC, change in land use permissions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Almost six months after no objection certificates (NOC) and permission to change in land use (CLU) of leading mega projects in Punjab were cancelled, the state government today restored NOC and CLU permissions.

The cancellations had caused immense damage to the image of Punjab as an investor-friendly state. Though today’s moves come as a relief for investors, it remains to be seen if the Punjab Government will hold any official responsible for the loss caused to the investors and the loss of image to the state.

A spokesperson said the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has issued 52 NOCs to major projects having a capital cost of nearly Rs 2,700 crore. In addition to this, the PPCB also gave recommendations for CLU to a total of 32 residential, commercial and industrial projects. This includes projects like those of the Unitech, Mohali, Preet City, Mohali, Satish Enclave, Amritsar, Bajwa Developers, Mohali, Sukham Infrastructure, Mohali, EMAAR MGF, Mohali etc.

A spokesman of the PPCB claimed that the process of issuing NOCs to the projects had been stalled for the past few months on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court had asked the Punjab Government for formulating a concrete policy regarding setting guidelines for such projects.

As a result, investors had to face problems and developmental activities were affected.

The spokesman claimed that the PPCB could not decide these projects earlier as the criteria was taking a final shape. The PPCB has decided to issue NOCs to all those projects which are not affected by the orders of the High Court dated January 30, 2007.

This will mean a nod for projects that are located beyond 100 metres away from any polluting, hazardous and maximum accident hazardous industrial unit. Similarly, the recommendations for CLU for such projects are also being processed.

The spokesman said that these NOCs would be sent either by courier or through fax to the developers directly and the concerned offices.



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