Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act,1981
31A. POWER TO GIVE DIRECTIONS.
1POWER TO GIVE DIRECTIONS. Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, but subject to the provisions of this Act and to any directions that the Central Government may give in this behalf a Board may, in the exercise of its powers and performance of its functions under this Act, issue any directions in writing to any person, officer or authority, and such person, officer or authority shall be bound to comply with such directions.
Explanation : For the avoidance of doubts, it is hereby declared that the power to issue directions under this section includes the power to direct –
(a) The closure, prohibition or regulation of any industry, operation or process; or
(b) The stoppage or regulation of supply of electricity, water or any other service.
The Powers under section 31A are in addition to section 17. Section 17 of the Act is not exhaustive, therefore the general powers to issue directions were also conferred on the Board; Bihar State Pollution Control Board v. Hiranand Stone Works, AIR 2005 Pat 62.
1.Ins. by Act 47 of 1987, sec. 14 (w.e.f. 1-4-1988).