Delhi Pollution Control Committee finalizes formula / device / mechanism for assessing Environmental Compensation to be levied on Industrial Units
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (“DPCC”), through a recent Office Order finalizes formula / device / mechanism for assessing Environmental Compensation to be levied on Industrial Units. The formula for calculating Environmental Compensation finalized by Central Pollution Control Board (“CPCB”) has been taken as the basis for deciding the Environmental Compensation (to be levied) for the polluting units operating in Delhi.
The DPCC had imposed Environmental Compensation towards damages caused by the polluting units as a deterrent, in compliance of court orders. In the absence of any basis for calculating environmental damages in terms of money, the quantum of penalties imposed on is challenged by the units. Keeping in view of the complexities involved on the issue of assessing Environmental Damages, which may have an element of arbitrariness, it was decided that a Committee must be formulated.
The Central Pollution Control Board (“CPCB”) had forwarded a Record Note of Discussion on ‘Environment Compensation to be levied on Industrial Units’ in 63rdConference of Chairmen and Member Secretaries of Pollution Control Boards and Committees held on 19th March, 2019. In the said conference, it was decided that ‘State PCBs / PCCs may frame their Guidelines on Environment Compensation based on CPCB’s Report”. Accordingly, the Chapter regarding ‘Environment Compensation to be levied on Industrial Units’ as recommended by CPCB was taken as the basis for framing the guidelines of DPCC.