The industries which were directed to install the online monitoring metres were asked to report to GPCB and integrate with the online monitoring system set up by the Board. They were directed to submit a 100 percent bank guarantee and close down their industries for 15 days upon receipt of closure notice.  The 15 days period was to get a response from the defaulting units while the online meter had to be installed by 31 may 2015.

Besides this, on 5 May 2014 and 3 December 2014, due to similar reasons, the Regional Office of the GPCB issued a closure notice and a notice from the Collector to those industrial units which did not follow the conditions stipulated under the consent to operate.The consent to operate clauses explicitly state that in case there is a violation of any of its conditions, the consent to operate licence can be terminated by the Board or any concerned authority.

One of the biggest implications of the issuance of the 53 closure notices is that the problem of pollution and water contamination in Vapi has now been officially acknowledged to be the result of legal violation. The acknowledgment of the problem by a regulatory authority such as the GPCB can go a long way in forging a process through which a solution can emerge. This is an immensely significant step towards resolving the decades-old problems of an area such as Vapi.
However, the problem is far from remedied, and will require constant public monitoring and intimation to the authorities so that timely action can be taken.

But while doing so, we must also reflect on the question of the past and the future. Where does the liability really lie? Who is responsible for all fishing livelihoods lost due to an illegality and disregard of law? Even as the efforts towards legal empowerment can achieve an important step ahead for the people dependent on the Daman Ganga river, how can these situations be prevented?