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What is 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
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.
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
is EPCO’s Mandate
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
2. Create public awareness with regard to the
environment generally and in
relation to Madhya Pradesh in particular and to keep the public
are EPCO’s major areas of interest?
conservation, Bio-diversity conservation, Biosphere Reserve
Management, State of Environment Reports, Mainstreaming of
environmental concerns in development sectors, Ground Water
Management, Waste Management, Architectural and Urban Designs,
Spatial, Planning Landscape, Interior and Graphic Design, Structures
and allied Engineering services, Environmental Education and
Awareness, Project Management are some of the areas of
interest and strength of EPCO.
of the major contributions made by EPCO is raising consciousness
about environmental issues in the state of Madhya Pradesh at a time
when most other states had not even begun to think about the issues.
It helped in bringing inputs from the leading scientists and
environmentalists to the state of Madhya Pradesh. It also
successfully focussed attention on the environmental problem areas
of the state through its Environmental Status Reports. By constantly
engaging itself with various field level projects as well as
research projects, it has created a fairly competent professional
base in the organisation. It has also been a pioneering organisation
that integrated urban aesthetic and environmental concerns with
architecture. Some of the flagship projects of EPCO are :
the behest of Government of Madhya Pradesh EPCO formulated
Environmental Policy of the State. The policy has been adopted by
the State Government, which has reaffirmed its commitment in
sustainable development of the state. EPCO has also been made
responsible for monitoring and evaluation of the various provisions
of the policy. One of the major role that EPCO is expected to
perform in future is to mainstream environmental concerns in various
development initiatives of the state, especially poverty and
livelihood related issues.
Status Report (ESR) is comprehensive document which serves as
information resource base for identification of critical areas and
also as a source book for inputs in development planning. ESR
attempts to identify regional current and emerging concerns and
identifies demographic, social and economic driving forces behind
the trends and problems. As required by the State Environmental
policy, EPCO published first ESR in 1988. Since than EPCO has
published four Status Reports, last ESR was published in the year
2000. While revising fifth report it is proposed to make it more
participative. It is expected that ESR will provide perspective to
environmental policy of the State. The document would critically
review and analyse various sectoral policies of the State and would
lead to Strategic Environmental Assessment. Beside this state level
document, district specific State of Environment books are also on
the anvil. These eco-resource books, once ready, would prove seminal
in district level development planning process.
Poverty Initiative Program
World Bank assisted project on poverty alleviation is currently on
in the State. EPCO has been retained as consultant for monitoring
and evaluation of environmental framework on this project in Madhya
Pradesh. EPCO is not only inculcating culture of eco conservation in
the minds of beneficiaries and project staff through building sense
of appreciation of environmental concerns, but is also offering
environmental intelligence. EPCO has prepared a training
manual and guidelines for the project managers.
has core competence in architectural and urban designs. During
last two decades EPCO has provided consultancy services for urban
design. Recently EPCO has prepared architectural design for the
State Archaeological Museum. Similarly EPCO has evolved concept plan
for regional development of Khajuraho, prepared concept paper for
development of temple town of Omkareshwar and design concept for
proposed folk art and handicraft bazar.
water Resource Management
the years EPCO has gained sufficient experience in management of
urban water bodies. EPCO formulated and executed more than 250
projects for conservation and up-gradation of small urban water
bodies mainly through local institutions. On behalf of the State
Government, EPCO prepared a major scheme for up-gradation of
ecologically important upper and lower lake system (together
constituting the Bhoj Wetland) at Bhopal.
of Madhya Pradesh retained EPCO as consultant for the preparation of
project reports on environmental aspects of Ujjain in view of the
Simhastha-2004. A detail geo-scientific hydrology study of about 900
Sq km upstream of Kshipra was done and based on that suggested 550
RMS structure for harvesting of rainwater. Detail conservation plans
for all the major water bodies have also been prepared.
Environmental Sustainability with DFID assisted project
completed more than two decades of presence in the field of
environment, it has been the thinking of the decision-makers of EPCO
to strengthen and reposition it by restructuring to ensure its
line departments implement the major development programmes of the
state. To mainstream environmental concerns in these programmes EPCO
will work in close collaboration with the line departments. The
relationship with line departments is of crucial significance.
Therefore the major role that EPCO would perform vis-à-vis the line
departments is to help them develop capacity for internalisation of
environmental concerns in their programmes.
can provide appropriate environmental information in support of the
ongoing decentralization process in the state, from policy planning
to the district planning committees and at the level of the gram
capacity to contribute to the environmental planning and
implementation capacity of other departments as well as its ability
to play a useful role in policy processes of the state will be
substantially enhanced if it develops into an independent think-tank
that brings in new and researched knowledge to the state and its
planning processes. There is thus a clear strategic shift from
working in a departmental mode to working in an agency mode.
this background a project document has been sanctioned by DFID India
for financial support. The project has all the necessary approval
from Governing Council of EPCO, as well as from GoMP, Ministry of
Environment and Forests and Department of Economic Affairs GOI.
of India has designated Pachmarhi area as Biosphere Reserve in 1999.
Spread over in about 5000 sq. km covering three wildlife
conservation units this area exhibits variety of geological rock and
soil formations. It is a natural junction of two most important
timber species viz. Teak and Sal and is often referred as express
highway of species diversity between Eastern Himalyas and Western
Ghat, the two biological hot spots of India.
of Environment and Forests, Government of India has made EPCO
Nodal Agency for management of Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. Under
this project besides conducting studies on environmental and
ecological issues, EPCO is formulating various small schemes for
overall improvement of the area. EPCO has also prepared project
document for Amarkantak and efforts are afoot to notify this area as
second Biosphere Reserve of the State.
of India has designated Achanakmar-Amarkantak area as Biosphere
Reserve in 2005. EPCO is also the nodal agency for implementation of
this biosphere reserve. Besides this MoEF has also designated
EPCO as Lead Institution for both the biosphere reserves.
Strategy and Action Plan
has formulated State Bio-diversity strategy and Action Plan for the
department of Bio-diversity and Biotechnology, Government of Madhya
Pradesh. The document highlights importance of preservation of best
remaining habitats and how they can cope with anthropogenic and
climatic factor and alien species invasion. The document has
identified areas of concern and has suggested major strategies and
action, which can be projectised into schemes and programmes for
field level implementation. The document has been prepared
under the over all umbrella of National Bio-diversity Strategy and
kind of Services EPCO offers
offers consultancy services in the field of project formulation and
development of Wetland conservation, State of Environment Reports,
Studies on Ground Water Management, Waste Management, Architectural
and Urban Designs, Spatial, Planning Landscape, Interior and Graphic
Design, Structures and allied Engineering services. We have system
of empanelment of Consultants and depending on the type of work we
take the services of consultants
NGOs can associate themselves with EPCO
Environment Awareness Campaign is an annual programme of Minstry of
Forests and Environment GoI. EPCO is the Regional Resources
Agency (RRA) for NEAC. EPCO invites application from NGOs through
advertisement and after careful screening recommend to a committee
constituted by GoI. After getting sanction and funds from MoEF it
distributes funds, monitors and evaluates campaign. The advantage of
NEAC is the large-scale involvement of NGOs across the state work on
a designated theme.
I am a School teacher. How can I and my school benefit from EPCO.
National Green Corps or popularly known as NGC is the ideal
window to associate your school with environment education
National Green Corps aims to promote consciousness and understanding
of local and regional environmental issues among the school going
children, in an informal way. 150 schools from each district are
selected to set up eco-clubs. NGC offers tremendous opportunity to
convey the message of environmental and developmental concerns and
catching the imagination of young ones.
of EPCO’s key professionals have sufficient experience in
virtually all branches of environmental management. Engaging
themselves in a wide range of activities and applying accumulated
experience have institutionalised the knowledge within EPCO. Its
human resources and knowledge base is one of EPCO’s biggest
strengths. The areas of specialization of the staff cover a
wide range from Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Geography,
Economics Urban Planning, Geology and Chemistry, Environmental
Management, Engineering (civil, environmental), Architecture.
an outsider use the EPCO Library
we welcome all the enthusiastic readers to use EPCO library. The
library is well stocked with good collection of books, scientific
and technical journals and publications on environment related
matters. You can refer books and all other reading material during
office hours. You can also get photocopies of the relevant documents
on a nominal charges. The library has recently been renovated.
Whom Should we
Contact for any Asisstance
Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO)
E- 5, Arera Colony,
Pradesh, PIN 462016, India
755 2466859 Fax +91 755 2462136
For Details log on http://www.epco.in
Why should I buy a property from MP Housing Board when there are
other Vendors in the market offering me "lucrative and
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.
Q. 2 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
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.
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
applications will then be processed and you will be informed
Q. 3 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.
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
Q. 5 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.
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
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
Q. 8 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.
Q. 9 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?
Ans. 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.
Q. 11 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.
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.
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.
institutions generating biomedical waste as defined in Biomedical
Waste (Management and Handing) Rules, 1989 are required to obtain
Authorisation under the said Rules.
Q- 2 What
are the stages of consent ?
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.
All the industries
and activities needing consent must obtain consent to establish
before actual commencement of the works for establishing the
This consent needs
to be taken before actual commencement of production including trial
production. This consent is valid for certain duration.
of Consent to Operate:
The consent to
operate is renewed after certain period.
Q- 3 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.
Q- 4 What
are the fees applicable?
Ans 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.
shall I register my complaint about noise pollution, automobile
exhaust, smell, nuisance, etc?
The citizens can register complaint about their environmental
concerns as under,
- Industrial noise pollution
- Non-industrial noise pollution
administration/ Police department
of nuisance in Municipal Areas
related to Hazardous Waste disposal, Bio-medical Waste
of Plastic Waste
administration/Concerning Municipal Authorities.
related to Municipal Solid Waste
For Details log on http://www.mppcb.nic.in
Government of India has the Disaster Managment Act-2005.The
Act is available at this website
Whether DMI runs anydiploma/degree/MBAcourse? If so, what is
the procedure of admission?
DMI doesn't run diploma/degree/MBA or any course.
|Q2 : Whether
students can take up project assignments at DMI?
depending upon the nature of projects, students are
permitted to do their project work at DMI in the field of
natural & industrial disaster management
|Q3 : How
one can know the earthquake & flood vulnerable area of
MP & preparedness measures?
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
Whether disaster management act do exist?
Details log on http://www.dmibhopal.nic.in
Q1 What is
the core work area of LCA?
Ans: 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.
Q2 Where does
the LCA work?
Ans : 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.
Q3 Why was
Ans: 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.
Q4 What type
of expertise are available with LCA?
Ans: 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
Q5 What was
Bhoj Wetland Project aimed at?
Ans: 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.
Q6 What are
the common environmental problems of an urban lake?
Ans : 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.
Q7 What are
the mitigative measures meant for urban lakes?
Ans: 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.
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what it does?
State Institute for Town Planning, a federation of
Urban developmental bodies in the State of Madhya Pradesh, is an
Autonomous Body under the aegis of the Housing and Environment
Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh and has been registered as
a Society in 1980.
provides services to various organizations, mainly to
the Local Bodies in the fields of Survey, Planning, Urban Design,
Architecture, Urban Infrastructure, Engineering, Project Management
& Financial Resource Management through consultancies
(in-house and out-sources).
The State Govt.,
Urban Administration and Development Department declared Madhya
Pradesh Vikas Pradhikaran Sangh as State Nodal Agency for Urban
Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT).
The Government of
Madhya Pradesh, Housing & Environment Department declared Madhya
Pradesh Vikas Pradhikaran Sangh as Nodal Agency for the IDSMT
schemes in the State as per provisions of revised guidelines of
IDSMT schemes issued by Govt. of India in 1995.
What is IDSMT Scheme? How many towns of Madhya Pradesh are covered
under this scheme and what is the total sanctioned cost?
Centrally sponsored scheme of Integrated Development of Small and
Medium Towns was initiated in the 6th plan (1979-1980). Initially
the Central and State assistance were given to the local development
agencies as loan. In August 1995, the Government of India revised
the guidelines for the implementation of the IDSMT scheme. The
revised guidelines provide for the Central and State assistance in
term of grant.
main objective has been to slow down migration from rural areas and
smaller towns to large cities by the development of selected small
and medium towns, capable of generating economic growth and
employment. Through the establishment of complementary linkages
between villages, towns and cities, it envisages a harmonious
pattern of settlements.
the IDSMT (grant) scheme, 97 towns of Madhya Pradesh are covered.
The total sanctioned cost for this scheme is Rs.143.70 Crore.
In the year 2005-06, GoI subsumed the IDSMT scheme in UIDSSMT.
What is UIDSSMT Scheme? What are the components covered under this
infrastructure Development Scheme for Small & Medium Towns aims
at improvement in urban infrastructure in towns and cities in a
planned manner. It subsumes the schemes of Integrated
Development of Small and Medium Towns (IDSMT) and Accelerated Urban
Water Supply Programme (AUWSP).
The objectives of
the scheme are to: (a) improve infrastructural facilities and
help create durable public assets and quality oriented services in
cities & towns; (b) Enhance public-private-partnership in
infrastructural development and (c) promote planned integrated
development of towns and cities.
The various components covered under this scheme are: i) Urban
Renewal, Water Supply (including de-salination plants) and
sanitation, Sewerage and Solid Waste Management, Construction and
improvement of drains/storm water drains, Construction/ Up gradation
of roads, highways/expressways, Parking lots/spaces on Public
Private Partnership basis, Development of heritage areas, Prevention
& rehabilitation of soil erosion/landslides only in case of
Special Category States where such problems are common and
Preservation of water bodies.
What is the procedure for sanctioning of UIDSSMT scheme? How many
towns of Madhya Pradesh are covered under this scheme and what is
the total sanctioned cost?
The respective urban local body is required to submit component wise
detailed project report in accordance to their priorities, to the
State Level Nodal Agency i. e. MPVPS. The SLNA will appraise the
scheme technically and financially. The ULB is also required to
enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the State Govt. through
SLNA, to implement a Reform Agenda as per the guidelines of GoI. If
the DPR is found technically and financially viable and the ULB has
executed the MoA, the DPR will be sent to Ministry of Urban
Development, GoI for their second appraisal. Finally the scheme will
be submitted to the State Level Empowered Sanctioning Committee for
MPVPS has appraised
schemes for 22 towns and 30 schemes for 18 towns have been
sanctioned by the State Level Sanctioning Committee. The total cost
of the sanctioned schemes is Rs.212.29 Crores out of which GoI
assistance is Rs 169.83 Crores and State assistance is Rs 21.23
Crores. The remaining cost will be borne by the respective local
Who can be the members of MPVPS? How many members MPVPS has?
Membership shall be open to every Development
Authorities, Municipal Corporation, Municipal Council, Special Area
Development Authorities, Nagar Panchayat and Housing Boards
constituted in Madhya Pradesh on payment of stipulated Annual Fees.
MPVPS has 222 members including 6 Development Authorities, 2 Special
Area Development Authorities, 5 Municipal Corporations, 57 Municipal
Councils and 152 Nagar Panchayats.