Ban on industry expansion may be lifted next month

There is good news for Ludhiana industrialists. The blanket ban imposed by the state government on red category industry for expansion and setting up of a new industry in the same category.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:January 30, 2011 2:20 am

There is good news for Ludhiana industrialists. The blanket ban imposed by the state government on red category industry for expansion and setting up of a new industry in the same category is likely to be lifted from next month onwards. This was disclosed by Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) Member-Secretary Babu Ram while interacting with the members of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU).

Confirming this,he told Newsline,“The PPCB will be taking up the matter with the Punjab Chief Secretary so as to lift this blanket ban because it is hampering the growth of industry. After the imposition of the ban,industries have taken lots of effort to reduce the pollution level and we have recorded reduced pollution levels as well.” Babu Ram added,“The ban imposed by the Union Ministry Of Environment and Forests is till March 2011. This is again for no expansion of polluting industry in Ludhiana. We will take up the matter with them and ask them not to extend this ban. The case has already been sent.”

A number of units are in line for expansion while many want to open their units in Ludhiana. Earlier this ban was lifted from Mandi Gobindgarh,noted Babu Ram. He also announced the formation of a committee of four key industrialists and the SE Ludhiana Circle for studying the implications for captive use of engine oil for lubricating machines by the respective industrial units. Based on this report,instructions will be issued shortly.

Till now,the PPCB has said that engine oil is increasing pollution levels and,hence,industrialists have been told to take measures to control its use. The industrialists also demanded that industries like pet packaging,kitchenware,injection molding,plastic blowing etc should be placed in the green category. Babu Ram said,“We will study the details and later will issue instructions. I cannot commit anything as of now because many industries are creating pollution hazards while industrialists say it otherwise.”

The industrialists,however,have asked for exemption from installing EMF meters to record the pollution level. They have sought to be exempted from the zero discharge condition for units of pickling,phosphating,wiredrawing industries etc. CICU general secretary Avtar Singh was present on the occasion.

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