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Title: Maharashtra Pollution Control Board Introduces Amnesty Scheme for Penal Fees

Date: February 27, 2024


The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has issued a circular on February 27, 2024, introducing an Amnesty Scheme for Penal Fees aimed at industries violating the Combined Consent Regime under the Air and Water Acts. This scheme offers a waiver on penal fees for various infractions, such as delays in applying for consent and operating without consent, with the goal of encouraging industries to regularize their activities and improve monitoring compliance.

Key Features of the Scheme:

Categorization of Violations: The scheme categorizes violations based on industry type and the duration of non-compliance, offering different penalty relief measures for Red, Orange, and Green category industries.

  • Calculation Method for Penal Charges: It outlines a specific method for calculating penal charges, excluding units or industries that have already paid penalties.
  • Application Process: Applications must be submitted online within a three-month period, emphasizing adherence to the timeline.
  • Payment Conditions: Industry applicants must pay penal fees in full and at once. Pending applications with the Board will be considered if they meet payment conditions within the specified timeframe.
  • Duration and Implementation: The scheme will be in effect for three months, after which the previous penal fees circular will resume. All Board officers are required to implement the scheme and adhere strictly to its guidelines.

Objective of the Scheme:

The primary objective of the Amnesty Scheme is to incentivize industries to comply with environmental regulations and rectify past violations by offering penalty waivers within a defined timeframe. It aims to promote environmental sustainability and effective monitoring of industrial activities.


The introduction of the Amnesty Scheme by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board signifies a proactive step towards environmental compliance and sustainability. By providing industries with an opportunity to rectify past violations through penalty waivers, the scheme encourages adherence to environmental regulations and promotes responsible industrial practices. It is imperative for industries to take advantage of this opportunity and participate in the scheme within the stipulated timeframe to contribute towards a cleaner and greener future for Maharashtra.

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