New categories for polluting industries
In a move which may push the Centre’s ‘Make In India’ initiatives, the environment ministry on Saturday released new categorisation of industries, exempting 36 types of industries from obtaining environmental clearance.
The newly introduced ‘white’ category of industries pertains to those industrial sectors which are practically non-polluting.
It includes cotton and woollen hosiery (dry process only without any dyingwashing operation), electric lamp (bulb) and CFL manufacturing by assembling, scientific and mathematical instrument manufacturing, solar power generation through photovoltaic cells, wind power and mini-hydel power (less than 25 MW of capacity) among others.
Under the new categorisation, industries which pollute the most have been put in the ‘red’ category while the moderately polluting units are classified ‘orange’.
Industries that have a significantly low pollution load have been placed in the ‘green’ category while those that operate without causing any pollution have been categorised as ‘white’.
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