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Any person who is likely to establish or  take any steps to establish  any Industrial Plant or process or any treatment and disposal system or any extension or addition  which is likely to discharge sewage or trade effluent into any stream or well or sewer or on land has to obtain consent of the Board.
Similarly any person who is likely to establish or operate any industrial plant in any air pollution control area (Entire Karnataka has been declared as air pollution control area) is not permitted  to discharge or cause or discharge the emission of any air pollutant in excess of the standards laid down by the State Board. These emissions shall be with prior consent of the State Board.

New Industry :

All the entrepreneur’s before establishing an industry have to obtain consent for establishment. (if the industry falls under schedule I of Environment Impact Assessment )


Following information /documents have to be furnished for obtaining consent for establishments


Prescribed application form I & XIII- can be download from Board website (http:\\\download) or available free of cost from any of the office of the Board in triplicate along with prescribed consent fee.

2. Project report
3. Land possession certificate/shed possession.
4. EIA & EMP reports ( for industries listed in schedule I of the  EIA Notification).
5.  Water & material balance.
6. Location map.
7. Proposed pollution control measures for controlling water pollution, solid waste, hazardous waste, Air pollution.
8.  Layout map.

(for further Details Click Here)

Consent for existing  Industries :  

Once the industry is established, for operating the same the entrepreneur’s have to apply for consent in prescribed forms under water (Form I) & Air (Form XIII)  Act separately along with the following documents:    

1. Form I and Form XIII,
2. Audited balance sheet

Environmental Statement affidavit in Rs.100 stamp paper

4. Prescribed consent fee in the form  of DD.



1)  Consent For Establishment

 2) Consent for Operation
 3) Consent Fee
 4) Category Details
 5) Delegation of Powers
 6) Consent Fee Calculation
 7) Time taken for Issuing Consent
 8) Offices and Jurisdiction








No new industry listed in ANNEXURE - I shall be permitted to be established within 1.5 k.m. from the embankment of the streams, rivers, dams as indicated in ANNEXURE - II.  If any of  these water bodies are the source of drinking water, then such distance shall be stipulated which will not affect such waters by discharge of the pollutants.

2.  No new Large/Medium/Small (Red & Orange Category) industry generating effluents, and or emissions shall be permitted within city/municipal limits and residential areas.

The Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) or any other agency developing industrial area shall obtain Environmental clearance from the Department of Ecology and environment and clearance from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board before establishing such area.  Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) reports shall be submitted to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and obtain approval.

4.  Distance for establishing new industries specified in ANNEXURE - I in certain special category areas shall be as follows : -  
(a)   Ecologically and/or otherwise sensitive areas :
 At least 25 kms., depending on the geo-climatic conditions, the requisite distance shall have to be increased by the appropriate agency.  
(b) Coastal Areas :  

At least 1/2 km. from high tide line.  The stipulations made by Ministry of Environment  & forests Government of India in its  vide Notification No. S0 114(E), dated 19.02.1991, by Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, issued under the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, shall be strictly adhered to.  

 (c)  Transport / Communication System :  
At least 1/2 km. from National & State High-ways and railway line.  
(d)  Major Settlements (3,00,000 Population) :  

Appropriate distance for establishment of major industries around the cities having more than 3,00,000 population shall be prescribed by Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.  Wherever these distance cannot be maintained and at the same time it is inevitable to locate the industry, measures for prevention of pollution due to effluents, noise, emissions, odour etc., shall be insisted by the Board

 Ecological and / or otherwise sensitive areas include  
i) Religious and Historic Places
ii) Archeological Monuments
iii) Scenic Areas
iv) Hill Resorts
v) Beach Resorts   & Health Resorts
vi) Coastal Areas rich in Mangroves, Breeding Grounds of Specific Species
vii) Estuaries rich in Mangroves, Breeding Grounds of Specific Species
viii) Biosphere Reserves
ix) National Parks and Sanctuaries
x) Natural Lakes, Swamps
xi) Seismic Zones
xii)  Tribal Settlements
xiii) Areas of Scientific and Geological Interest
xiv Defence Installations, specially those of security importance and sensitive to pollution
xv) Air Ports  
5. No forest land shall be converted into non-forest activity for the sustenance of the industry.

Land acquired shall be sufficiently large to provide for appropriate treatment of waste water still left for treatment after maximum possible reuse and recycle.  Reclaimed (treated waste) water shall be used to raise green belt and to create water body for aesthetics, recreation and if possible for aquaculture.  The green belt shall be sufficiently wide around the boundary limit of the industry.  For industry having odour problem, it shall be minimum of 30 mtrs. wide.

7. Enough space should be provided for storage of solid waste, so that the same could be available for possible reuse.





The water (Prevention and control of pollution ) cess act 1977

The water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977 provides for the levy and collection of Cess on water consumed by persons carrying on specified industry and by local authorities, With a view to augmenting the resource of Central and State Board's for the prevention and Control of water pollution, constituted under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. The relevant provisions casting obligation under this Act may be referred under sections 3,4 and 5.

Section - 3: casts liability on every person carrying on any specified industry under Schedule I of the Act, and also on every authority to pay a Cess for the purpose of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and utilization of water there under

Section - 4: requires every person carrying on any specified industry and every local authority to affix meters of prescribed standard, so as to measure the quantity of water consumed by them.

Section - 5: requires the said persons to furnish returns in the prescribed format (Form 1), showing the quantity of water consumed in the previous month with 5th of next month.
Failure to carry out the obligations and liability, as aforesaid, attracts the penal provision under Section 14 of the Act.

Rebate: Where any person or local authority, liable to pay the cess under Section this Act, installs any plant for the treatment of sewage or trade effluent, such person or local authority shall from such date as may be prescribed, be entitled to a rebate of twenty five per cent of the cess payable by such person or, as the case may be, local authority.

Provided that a person or local authority shall not be entitled to a rebate, if he orit-
(a) consumes water in excess of the maximum quantity as may be prescribed in this behalf for any specified industry or local authority; or

(b) fails to comply with any of the provisions of section 25 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 (6 of 1974) or any of the standards laid down by the Central Government under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986).

Interest: If any person carrying on any specified industry or any local authority fails to pay any amount of Cess payable under section 3 to the State Government within the date specified in the order of assessment made under section 6, such person or local authority, as the case may be, shall be liable to pay interest on the amount to be paid at the rate of two per cent for every month or part of a month comprised in the period from the date on which such payment is due till such amount is actually paid.

Penalty: If any amount of Cess payable by any person carrying on any specified industry or any local authority under section 3 is not paid to the State Government within the date specified in the order of assessment made under section 6, it shall be deemed to be in arrears and the authority prescribed in this behalf may, after such inquiry as it deems fit, impose on such person or, as the case may be, local authority, a penalty not exceeding the amount of Cess in arrears:

Provided that before imposing any such penalty, such person or, as the case may be, the local authority shall be given a reasonable opportunity of being heard and if after such hearing the said authority is satisfied that the default was for any good and sufficient reason, no penalty shall be imposed under this section.


[See Section 2(c)]  

1. Ferrous metallurgical industry  

Non-Ferrous metallurgical industry


Mining industry


Ore processing industry


Petroleum industry


Petro -chemical industry


Chemical industry


Ceramin industry


Cement industry


Textile industry [ including cotton, synthetic and semi-synthetic  fibers manufactured from these fibers]


Paper industry


Fertilizer industry


Coal including coke) industry


Power (Thermal, Diesel and hydel) generating industries


Processing of animals or vegetable products industry [ including processing  of milk, meat, hides and skins, all agricultural products and their waste]


Engineering industry


Purpose for which water is consumed

Rate  per kilo litre for those who comply with Any of the provisions of Section 25 of Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act,1974 & any  of the standards laid down  under  the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986  [Section (2) of Section 3]

Rate per kilo litre for those who fails  to comply with any of the provisions of Section 25 of Water (Prevention & Control of pollution Act, 1974 & any or the standards laid down under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986  [section (2-A) of Section3]


Industrial cooling,
spraying in mine pits  or boiler feeds

One and a half paise Two and one-forth paise
2. Domestic purpose Two paise Three paise

Processing whereby
water gets polluted   and the pollutants are easily bio-degradable

Four paise Seven and a half paise

Processing whereby  water gets polluted and the pollutants are
 not easily bio-degradable  and toxic

Five paise Nine and a half paise


Policy on siting of stone crushers in Karnataka State

 1. Siting of stone Crushers:  

a) The location of the Stone Crushers shall be minimum 250 meters away from the boundary of National Highways and State Highways.
b) Minimum Distance should be 500 meters from sensitive institutions and rivers/lakes.

Whenever the Stone Crushing unit is in the vicinity of the water body, the units must have garden canal and/ the site/each unit, to collect the dusty storm water runoff. The drains shall be connected to a suitably designed holding tank to allow settlement of dust. The tank water may be suitably disposed off or used for dust control spraying. The settled dust in the tank has to be removed periodically and used to make concrete blocks etc.

 2. Air Pollution Control measures:

a) To cover the crusher.

The jaw crusher, the chute and conveyor system for crushed stone to be covered with suitable semi circular, M.S. Sheet/Zinc Sheet etc., the rotary screen to be completely closed leaving space at bottom for collection of the sieved jelly. Suitable exhaust and venting system of adequate capacity to be provided to guide the dust emanating from the crushers in to the staff through a cyclone to collect the dust.


The conveyor belt chutes speciously carrying smallest particles should be covered with semi circular M.S. Sheets and heaps shall be located in appropriate sheds. Wherever possible with all possible arrangements to prevent escape of dust during loading and unloading operations. Also, suitable control measures like hood and cyclone system shall be provided. 

d) Suitable water sprinkling system shall be provided to reduce the dust from each dust generation area.

Minimum 5 rows with a minimum 50 meters wide green belt of tall growing leafy trees should be planted around the crusher plant area to minimize dust and improve aesthetic appearance.

f) Suitable safety measures shall be provided to protect workers from the ill effect of dust pollution.

Suitable wind-breaking wall shall be provided to arrest the dust blown out of the premises.


The road inside the crushers premises shall be metal led and water sprinkling arrangement shall be provided.

  3. Standards:


Quantitative standards for the Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM)

The suspended particulate matter contribution value at a distance of 40 meters from the controlled isolated as well as from a unit located in a cluster should be less than 600 µg/nm3. The measurements are to be conducted atleast twice a month for all the 12 months in a year and report submitted to the Board.

b) The ambient Air quality adjacent to the boundary of the Stone Crushers shall confirm to the National Ambient Air quality standards prescribed under Air Act.

Noise levels shall confirm to the Noise (Regulations and Control) Rules, 2002.


             In additions to the above, all the stone crushers shall comply to the standards       prescribed under Environment (Protection) Act.


 1)  Norms For Paper and Pulp Industries

 2) Norms For pharmaceutical Industries
 3) Norms For Sugar Industries
 4) Norms For treatment and Disposal of Effluents from Distillery Units

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