MPCB Raises Red Flag: 250 Pune Marriage Venues Face Compliance Deadline

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Pune, 6th April 2024: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has issued notices to the proprietors of 250 marriage halls, lawns, and banquet halls in the city, demanding proof of consent for conducting commercial activities within seven days.

Ravindra Andhale, regional officer (Pune) of MPCB, explained, “We received a list of such establishments from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and were uncertain about their compliance with our regulations. Therefore, we served notices to ascertain if they possess our consent. Establishments with our consent can provide the necessary documentation. Those without consent must either comply immediately or justify why their commercial activities should not cease or apply for consent. Failure to take any action will result in legal repercussions, including the disconnection of water and electricity supplies.”

The notice specifically addresses the need for adequate air, water, and noise pollution control measures, along with proper solid waste management, in accordance with guidelines set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). MPCB had previously issued a circular on February 27, urging marriage lawns and halls to obtain consent and adhere to environmental guidelines established by CPCB. Subsequently, notices were sent to 182 such establishments to ensure compliance.

The latest notice, issued on March 28, highlights that these establishments have been operating without MPCB consent and have failed to implement pollution control measures as required by CPCB guidelines. This negligence has resulted in the discharge of untreated effluents and air emissions, leading to water and air pollution in the surrounding areas.

An MPCB official emphasized that failure to respond within seven days would prompt legal action under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, without further warning. The board remains steadfast in enforcing environmental regulations to safeguard public health and the environment.