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State tea factories included in orange category

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, June 2 � The State Government has announced that the factories or manufacturing units of the tea industries would now on be included in the orange category of industries for the purpose of implementing the statutory provisions on preventing water and air pollution. The official notification in this connection was issued on May 17 last and made public Tuesday. Tea industry here has hailed the Government announcement.

It needs mention here that the Joint Forum of Assam Tea Planters� Association (ATPA), Bharatiya Cha Parishad (BCP) and the North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) had a few months back made an appeal to the State Government to include the tea factories in the orange category of industries for the purpose of implementing the legislations on pollution control.

The 2008 Industrial Policy of the State in its Annexure III, IV, V and VI has classified industries of polluting and non-polluting nature under the � green, orange and red categories. The non-polluting industries fall under the green category. The prospective investors of these industries need not have to go through the arduous process of obtaining consent or NOC from the Pollution Control Board before setting up their industries.

In case of these industries, covered by the Environment Impact Authority Notification, 2006, the time limits of the consent orders specified for each of the categories are � five years for the red category, ten years for orange category, fifteen years for green category and five years for hazardous industries.

The above announcement of the State Government has been received by the tea industry here with much enthusiasm. ATPA chairman Abhijit Sarma, NETA chairman Bidyananda Barkakoty and additional chairman of the BCP Robin Borthakur have hailed the Government announcement as a right step to encourage the tea industry.

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