The water (prevention and control of pollution) cess (amendment) act - Ministry of Environment and Forests (2003)

This document is an amendment of the earlier Act in 1977 and includes: Amendment of Section 2 This includes redefinition of what constitutes industry and namely includes "operation or process, or treatment and disposal system, which consumes water or gives rise to sewage effluent or trade effluent, but does not include any hydel power unit"

Modification of Section 16

Notwithstanding anything contained in section 3, the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, exempt any industry, consuming water below the quantity specified in the notification, from the levy of water Cess.
(2) In exempting an industry under sub-section (1), the Central Government shall take into consideration:
(a) the nature of raw material used;
(b) the nature of manufacturing process employed;
(c) the nature of effluent generated;
(d) the source of water extraction;
(e) the nature of effluent receiving bodies; and
(f) the production data, including water consumption per unit production, in the industry and the location of the industry."

Omission of schedule I and modification/substitution of Schedule II

Original document can be viewed here on the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) website

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