Overview of Bihar State Pollution Control Board
For maintaining or restoring the Water and prevention and Control of Water and air pollution under the Water (Prevention and Control Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, the Central and State Pollution Control Boards are established. In Bihar, a Board, namely Bihar State Pollution Control Board, was constituted.
Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) was established as a regulatory authority in the year 1974 under the Water Act 1974 to perform a function similar to other State Pollution Control Boards under the provisions of the Water Act. It was established to implement various pollution control laws. The BSPCB focuses on providing a pollution-free environment to the people.
The Bihar State Government has prepared its strategies under the Environmental Policy with the framework of economic and social priorities and with the objective of ensuring environmental conservation. The BSPCB aims at ensuring sustainable development with social and intergenerational equity, enhancing environmental performance and improving the quality of life of its citizens.
The Chairman, with the member secretary, heads the BSPCB. The Central Office is at Patna. The board has two more regional offices at Muzaffarpur and Begusarai. Even the central laboratory and the research & development centre of the BSPCB are also located in Patna.
The objective of the Bihar State Pollution Control Board
The followings are the objectives of the Bihar State Pollution Control Board:
Functions of the Bihar State Pollution Control Board
The following are the main functions entrusted to the Bihar State Pollution Control Board:
Documents for Bihar State Pollution Control Board consent
The documents required for filing an application to Bihar State Pollution Control Board are the following:
Procedure for Bihar State Pollution Control Board Consent
The consent by Bihar State Pollution Control Board is, as per the Water and Air Act, is obtained by fulfilling certain conditions with the required fee and by following these steps:
- Identification of Category
All new industries have to identify the category first under which they fall, as divided by the Bihar State Pollution Control Board.
- Filing of Application
Then in the second step, such new industries have to file an application for consent at the Bihar State Pollution Control Board by submitting necessary documents with the requisite fee and other required conditions.
The application by the applicant to the BSPCB is then scrutinized by the junior environment engineer and sent to the Member Secretary for further inspection, and then forwarded to the Chairman for the final decision. The board officials also do the site inspection.
- Issue of consent
The consent is issued within 120 days by the Chairman of the Bihar State Pollution Control Board.
The validity of consent from the BSPCB is granted for a definite period of five years. The renewal application for it has to be filed before one month from the date of expiry of such consent.