“Since the online data is presently not legally accepted as evidence, we will soon move an amendment,” said Javadekar. Currently the ministry deploys its inspectors to visit the violating unit, take samples and file a report. Then cases are filed against the violators.
The online system alerts the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) , the Central Pollution Control Board, the State Pollution Control Board and the concerned company in case the discharge exceeds the permissible limit through SMS.
By March end 2280 industries under the 17 critically polluting cluster will be equipped with 24X7 monitoring systems, Javadekar said.
So far 321 industries have been closed due to non compliance of the rules.