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Polluting industries to be moved out of Hyderabad, says state govt

Polluting industries to be moved out of Hyderabad, says state govt

Hyderabad: Telangana government plans to shift polluting industries out of the city, state Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao said on Wednesday.

“We want to make Hyderabad a city sans industrial pollution, a city with zero industrial pollution. We are trying to relocate the ‘red’ and ‘orange’ industries from within outer ring road (ORR) to outside of the city,” he said.

These include chemical units, those in ferro-alloys space and makers of bulk drugs, said Rama Rao, who also holds the portfolios of Industries, Commerce and IT.

“There is no need for industries already certified for complying with zero liquid discharge to shift,” he added.

“Those who are not (compliant), will be definitely requested to relocate to different clusters outside ORR in a time-bound phased manner,” he said at the CII-organised

“MAN’EXE-2016” on the theme ‘Make in Telangana: Sustainable Growth through Innovation and Future Technologies’.

The relocation does not mean shifting of the pollution problem from Hyderabad to another area, said Rao who is also the Municipal Administration minister.

“When they shift to these clusters, they should be 100 per cent pollution-free. We also have a plan in a time-bound manner, along with Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure

Corporation, to create common affluent treatment plants in each of these clusters even before these industries move out so that there is no pollution problem in new locations,” the minister said.

As part of relocation, the government would come out with a separate incentive policy, under which industries which move out would be incentivised, Rama Rao added.