New 'colour' classification to ease envt norms for industries

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 22:14 IST

The proposed new classification of industries based on environment impact will bring uniformity in time frame for approvals and will give boost to manufacturing in India.

Manufacturing is important for India’s sustained high economic growth and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make In India’ programme. However, the latest industrial production data has not been encouraging as manufacturing growth has not been high.

Industry experts believe that rationalisation of industries under Red, Orange and Green categories and introduction of a new category - White - will end inspector raj in environmental regulation. As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the new mechanism will complement tamper-proof online submission of emission and effluent data. The government has made online submission mandatory for Red category or most polluting industries and subsequently it will be extended to Orange category also.

“This will take care of 80% of emissions from industrial sector and will bring transparency in implementation of pollution control regulations,” a CPCB official said. Sources said that the government will soon bring amendments in the two laws to enhance penalties and to ensure better compliance to pollution laws.

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