Q-31. What are the control mechanism developed in GPCB in order to ensure that polluting units are really complying with the regulation ?
A. GPCB has set up mechanisms to analyze the reports received from the monitoring teams and the laboratory verifies the samples and also verifies the compliance of other techno-legal requirements that the unit has to comply with. Based upon the findings so arrived at enforcement measures are taken. In certain cases surprise checking through Vigilance Squad are also carried out. The pending cases of formerly NOC and now referred as Consent to Establish & CC&A are reviewed from time to time on the highest level in the GPCB.
Q-32. What exactly is the object of GPCB's Charter for Good Governance ?
A. GPCB Charter for good governance aims at bringing about quality change in its working by making it a knowledge based organization to cope up with the new challenges through capacity building series, streamlining procedure and also fixing the accountability. It also aims at transparency in working and improving the services rendered by it quality-wise and time-wise.
Q-33. Is GPCB 'Pro Industry' , 'Anti Industry" or something else ?
A. GPCB is neither pro industry nor anti industry. It is a regulatory body which is performing its functions in accordance with the law and keeping the environment protection and pollution control as its ultimate goal.
Q-34. What is the set up in GPCB for attending to the complaints and for redressal of grievances ?
A. GPCB attends to the complaints promptly by inspection, monitoring and verification through its Regional Offices or by sending special teams or by vigilance squad to visit the site and report back. Complaints can be lodged with Environmental Engineer (Complaints), Public Awareness & Assistance Cell and Vigilance Cell by means of telephone or in writing. Both written and oral complaints are attended on a priority basis. Whenever applicants come with grievances in the office they are being heard promptly and action is taken quickly. If the applicant request for anonymity of his identity confidential the same is being maintained.
Q-35. What exactly is the role of the Vigilance Squad? How does one get in touch with that ?
A. The Board has setup four Vigilance Squads headed by Senior Environmental Engineers / Senior Environmental Scientists, each stationed at Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat. They can be accessed through telephone, in person or by sending written application. The role of the vigilance squad is to act fast, and report to the highest level (Chairman and MS) for prompt action.
Q-36. How quickly can one expect the Vigilance Squad to act ?
A. The Vigilance Squad acts without any loss of time.
Q-37. Can one approach the Regional Offices for informing about violation of laws and illegal dumping of wastes ?
Q-38. What is the role of Municipalities and Municipal Corporations in preventing and controlling pollution ?
A. Local Bodies are responsible for proper treatment and safe disposal of Municipal Solid Waste and sewerage as per the law and as per the standards laid down plastic issues. They need to take consent of GPCB and run these facilities as per the norms laid down. They need to properly attend to the complaints from the public with regard to disposal of sewerage and solid waste.