Haryana Plywood Manufacturers' Association (HPMA) has sought to extend the date of application for rise in exempted limit of ground water for industrial use in for wood based industries in the state and has written a letter to Minister of States for Water Resources Government of India, stating the reason for it. Mr J.K Bihani, President, HPMA thanked for the new CGWA rules regarding ground water extraction and said, “The exemption limit of 10,000 litres per day is very small for Micro & Small units. This limit should be enhanced to at least 30000 litres per day. This will cover most of the Micro & Small units.”
“Due to continuous Covid situation some of the units were not able to submit their application within specified time of 30.06.2020. So, it is requested to please extend the date of filing of application upto 31.03.2021 without any late fees and penalty,” It is to be noted that The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has exempted Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) from the requirement of obtaining a no objection certificate (NOC) for drawing groundwater up to the limit 10 cubic metre (10000 litres) per day for a unit by issuing a notification on 24 September, 2020.
In the notification, it was said that maximum number of plywood manufacturing units will be benefitted in the country with central ground water notification for extracting ground water for industrial and other uses and special exemptions for MSMEs very well drafted regulations after taking all observations of NGT, committees etc.