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Town and Country Planning
Environmental Planning & Coordination Organisation
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Town and Country Planning
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Environmental Planning & Coordination Organisation
What is EPCO
EPCO stands for Environmental Planning and Co-ordination Organisation Established in 1981, EPCO is a unique organisation in terms of the foresight and the width of its mandate. EPCO has worked closely with the state government yet attempted to establish its own identity as an autonomous organisation. In the last 27 years it has played a special role in the environment-related matters in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The last 25 years have witnessed some of the most significant developments from the perspective of sustainable development and environment. EPCO has been in the unique position to witness these developments in the field of environment almost from the time they began to unfold.

EPCO is one of the first organizations to foresee the importance of conducting advanced studies on environmental impact assessment and environmental conservation. By undertaking pioneering work in EIA’s and environmental conservation it prepared the State to address the environmental concerns that were emerging nationally and globally.
What is EPCO’s Mandate
  • Assist and advise the Government of Madhya Pradesh and other agencies in the management of the human environment including, inter-alia, periodic review of the environmental legislation regional, urban and architectural planning, protecting and conserving ancient monuments and other places of social, cultural, religious and aesthetic significance and improving their quality.
  • Create public awareness with regard to the environment generally and in relation to Madhya Pradesh in particular and to keep the public informed in this field.

M.P. Housing Board
Why should I buy a property from MP Housing Board when there are other Vendors in the market offering me "lucrative and hidden" benefits?
M.P.H.B. has won confidence of over two lakh satisfied families throughout the state during the last 40 years. This is the oldest and most trusted institutions assuring you of an absolutely clean and transparent deal. The land titles are undisputed and infrastructural facilities like water supply, sewage, drains, electricity etc., at their functional best. There are no false promises, no hidden shocks, no hanky panky business. We are the only players in the market, offering the most efficient and dependable "after-sales service". We are the only housing agency in the country to have visualised and concretised the concept of "Service Centre" in Bhopal, which is being spread to other colonies and cities in a phased manner. This is the place, where you are sure of getting neighborhood of law-abiding citizens, in a well-planned environment. A list of distinguished patrons says it all.
Okay! If I decide to buy a house or house site from M.P. Housing Board, how do I go about it?
  • The procedure is quite simple. You have to look for our advertisement in the newspapers, or contact the friendly Estate Management Office for details of available property and follow the following steps:-
  • Fill up the prescribed application form (available in the designated Bank or the E.M. Office) and deposit it along with the initial deposit at the place of purchase of the form.
  • You have to attach your pass-port size photograph on the application form and also a proof of your income. A copy of salary certificate, copy of latest income tax return, or income certificate issued by Competent Authority.
  • Your applications will then be processed and you will be informed accordingly.
Can I register my Name for a particular house? I have heard a lot about the "Lottery System". What is that?
Our procedure for allotment of the house is most fair and transparent. If the number of applicants is more than the number of houses proposed for constructions, then the allottees are selected by the draw of lots. Another draw of lots is performed, at a later stage for allocation of house numbers, so that there is no chance of partiality or favouritism towards any person. The most interesting aspect is that the entire draw proceedings are performed by the applicants themselves in a public gathering.
Do I have any options in the mode of payments?
Yes! There are basically two modes of payment to choose from. One is "Hire Purchase" mode (Popularly known as Installments) and the other is "Self Financing" Mode.

In the first, that is a Hire Purchase mode, half of the cost is to paid during construction period (before possession) and the balance half in yearly installments along with the prescribed interest. "Self Financing" mode means that the house has been constructed with your own money and hence the entire cost is to be paid before possession of the house as per time schedule provided by us. The house costs approximately 10% cheaper in this mode. Complete houses may also be purchased on one time payment basis which is "Outright Sale".
What about reservation quotas?
The State Govt. have laid down quotas for reservation of house for MPs/MLAs, Scheduled Castes and Tribes, freedom fighters, defence personnel, physically handicapped etc. If the reserved houses are not fully utilized, the same are de-reserved, and offered to general public for allotment through normal channel. Outright sale is given preference to Hire-Purchase in allotment.
In the first, that is a Hire Purchase mode, half of the cost is to paid during construction period (before possession) and the balance half in yearly installments along with the prescribed interest. "Self Financing" mode means that the house has been constructed with your own money and hence the entire cost is to be paid before possession of the house as per time schedule provided by us. The house costs approximately 10% cheaper in this mode. Complete houses may also be purchased on one time payment basis which is "Outright Sale".
Can M.P.H.B. help in getting loans from any financial institution for purchase of the house?
Yes, very gladly! In fact, the financial institutions also prefer financing for an M.P. Housing Board property because of its legal clarity. A large no. of our customers are taking loans from financial institutions like HUDCO, HDFC, CANFIN, SBI, LICHF etc. Any formality required by the financing institutions is promptly attended to.
What happens if at some point of time, I decide to withdraw my registration or Can I switch over from one scheme to another?
If you decide to withdraw your registration, your entire deposited amount will be refunded after deducting only 10% of the registration deposit. Your registration is transferable from one scheme to another, subject to availability in the new scheme and at that cost.
Are there "any other charges" payable to MP Housing Board?
Yes! You will be required to pay annual lease rent as being charged by Govt. with 10% supervision charge for that land and in proportion to plot area allotted and Land maintenance or Resident's Welfare Society charges annually. If your house is a corner house or enjoying a better location, it will be charged extra.
I had purchased a small house from MP Housing Board about some time back but now I want to buy another house. Can I do it?
Yes! MP Housing Board has recently liberalised some of it’s old policies and you can now have more than one house or plot from MP Housing Board.
Can I sell or transfer a house purchased from MP Housing Board?
Yes you can, but only after 3 years of allotment. We will charge a small transfer fee, depending upon the time elapsed since allotment and after completion of some codal formalities, the property can be transferred. We also have nomination facilities.
And now the last question! Does M.P. Housing Board construct and sell only residential houses?
No! This is a myth. In fact MP Housing Board has developed the most prestigious business premises in Bhopal like GTB Complex, Panchanan, Gangotri, Tawa Complex etc. We have now ventured into new area like roads infrastructure and multi storey Car Parking in Bhopal and other.

M P Pollution Control Board
Which industry needs Consent/permission of MPPCB ?
Any industry, operation or process or an extension and addition thereto, which is likely to discharge sewerage or trade effluent into the environment or likely to emit any air pollution into the atmosphere will have to obtain consent of the State Pollution Control Board under the provisions of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

Similarly any industry / process generating, storing, transporting, disposing or handling hazardous waste as defined in Schedule 1 and 2 of Hazardous Waste (Management and Handing) Rules, 1989, as amended are required to obtain authorization from Board under the said Rules.

The medical institutions generating biomedical waste as defined in Biomedical Waste (Management and Handing) Rules, 1989 are required to obtain Authorisation under the said Rules.
What are the stages of consent ?
There are three types of consent issued under the provisions of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
  • Consent to Establish :
    All the industries and activities needing consent must obtain consent to establish before actual commencement of the works for establishing the industry/activity.

  • Consent to Operate :
    This consent needs to be taken before actual commencement of production including trial production. This consent is valid for certain duration.

  • Renewal of Consent to Operate: The consent to operate is renewed after certain period.
Is there any prescribed form for that? If yes, where can I get it?
Prescribed application forms for the consent under Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution)Act, 1974 & Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, Hazardous Waste (Management and Handing) Rules, 1989 are available at this website in downloadable format and can also be procured from Regional/Sub Regional Offices of the MPPCB.
What are the fees applicable?
The fees for consent under Water & Air Act are payable based on the capital investment of the industry (including land, building and machinery without depreciation). This information is available in the Technical Section of this website.

The fees for authorization under Bio-medical waste (Management and Handing) Rules, 1998 is available in the Bio-medical Waste Section under Technical Division of this website. The fees for authorization under Hazardous Waste (Management and Handing) Rules,1989 is available in HSMD Section of this website.
Where shall I register my complaint about noise pollution, automobile exhaust, smell, nuisance, etc?
The citizens can register complaint about their environmental concerns as under

Noise Pollution  
 - Industrial noise pollution MPPCB
 - Non-industrial noise pollution District administration/ Police department
Automobile/vehicle pollution Transport department.
Complaints of nuisance in Municipal Areas Concerning Municipal Authorities.
Water and Air pollution MPPCB
Problem related to Hazardous Waste disposal, Bio-medical Waste disposal MPPCB
Disposal of Plastic Waste District administration/Concerning Municipal Authorities.
Problem related to Municipal Solid Waste Concerning Municipal Authorities.

Disaster Management Institute
Whether DMI runs anydiploma/degree/MBAcourse? If so, what is the procedure of admission?
DMI doesn't run diploma/degree/MBA or any course.
Whether students can take up project assignments at DMI?
Yes, depending upon the nature of projects, students are permitted to do their project work at DMI in the field of natural & industrial disaster management
How one can know the earthquake & flood vulnerable area of MP & preparedness measures?
These information have been given on DMI website www.dmibhopal.nic.in. You can also write us about particular information.
Whether any disaster management policy does exist?
Yes, Government of Madhya Pradesh has its disaster management policy.The policy is available at this website.
Whether disaster management act do exist?
 Yes, Government of India  has the Disaster Managment Act-2005.The Act  is available at  this website

Lake Conservation Authority
What is the core work area of LCA?
The Lake Conservation Authority has been constituted with an objective of conservation and management of water resources of the entire state. Therefore the core work area of LCA includes preparation and implementation of conservation and management plans of different water bodies around the state.
Where does the LCA work?
The LCA has been working in all the major cities and towns of the state and now is spreading its work area even in the smaller and more remote areas, covering the entire state.
Why was LCA constituted?
The LCA was constituted as the successor agency of Bhoj Wetland Project to utilize the expertise and experiences learned during the implementation of Bhoj Wetland Project to carry out similar works in other water bodies all around the state.
What type of expertise are available with LCA?
The LCA is well equipped with all the infrastructure and expertise needed for conservation and management of water bodies with experts in the field of water resources conservation and management, Limnology, Geology, Civil Engineering, Data Analysis and Interpretation etc.
What was Bhoj Wetland Project aimed at?
 The Bhoj Wetland Project was aimed at ecological upgradation and conservation and management of two important water bodies of Bhopal city viz the Upper and the Lower Lake called as Bhoj Wetland. The project included planning and implementation of conservation measures to mitigate the environmental problems faced by the Bhoj Wetland of Bhopal. The project has been successfully completed in the year 2004 with the financial assistance of Japan Bank of International Cooperation, Japan.
What are the common environmental problems of an urban lake?
 The common environmental problem of urban lake include inflow of sewage, reduction of water storage capacity, encroachment, dumping of solid waste, direct human intervention, cattle intervention, nutrient enrichment, eutrophication, excessive growth of aquatic macrophytes etc.
What are the mitigative measures meant for urban lakes?
 The mitigative measures for conservation of urban lakes include Deweeding, Desilting, Installation of floating fountain, shoreline protection, creation of buffer zone between habitation and lake, diversion of sewage, solid waste management and ensuring public participation in lake conservation.
 Yes, Government of India  has the Disaster Managment Act-2005.The Act  is available at  this website

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