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29/07/2016 06:50am

Haryana Govt asks polluting units to shift out of residential areas in 6 months

image Haryana Govt asks polluting units to shift out of residential areas in 6 months

Chandigarh/Manesar, July 29 (KNN) The Haryana Government has come up with a notification asking 98  ‘dangerous and hazardous industries causing pollution’ (red category) to shift out of residential areas within six months.

Speaking on the Government’s move, the Vice President of Manesar Industries Welfare Association (MIWA), Manmohan Gaind told KNN that shifting hazardous units is a good move.

He also said that government has expanded the list of industries which are allowed to work out of residential areas across the state.

“The whole policy has been made after the strong consultations with the associations and trade bodies.  Everybody’s recommendations have been taken care off," he informed.

The units under the orange category would also be shifted. But they could be given 2 years to comply with the pollution control norms.

“The green category industries may continue to be dealt with as per existing norms of the Pollution Control Department and other approvals from the authorities concerned,” the notification said.

Giving example, VP said “Suppose 90000 industries are in Faridabad operating out of homes, out that hardly 6000 industries are required to be shifted, so 8400 industries would be regularised and will be able to take loan.”

When asked about the cost burden on MSMEs for shifting units, he said, "The Government would not bear the cost of shifting. One is not supposed to run the polluting industry in a residential area, so why will the government spend on anything? 

“Industry is not there to take subsidy from the government. Industry is there to earn money for the government,” he added.

Gaind said that around 10 to 12 thousand units have to be shifted.

The notification said, “Keeping in view the demographics, the social and economic impact on the shifting of the industry from the residential areas, a phased but time-bound shifting was planned.” (KNN/ AR)


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