Prior to commencement of operation of any industry, project or activity , the project proponent requires consent to operate under the provisions of the Water(Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. 

Normally, the State Board will issue consent to operate for a period of 5, 10 and 15 years in case of red, orange and green category respectively. 

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