Bhubaneswar : CM Naveen Pattnaik launched a star rating system for industries, a first-of-its-kind transparency initiative to categorise industries from one to five stars compliant to pollution standards.

A joint effort of State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago, the project is an example of the state’s 3T framework – Teamwork, Transparency and Technology, the CM said.

“We are committed towards serving our citizens better and I am very optimistic about this programme that aims to cut pollution. The star rating system will help the public to find out whether industries in their vicinity are fair in their environmental compliance and empower them to strengthen regulations through public participation,” Patnaik said.

He said the programme also recognises the efforts of industries that take responsibility to maintain a clean environment and go beyond what the regulations require them to do.

This system would also encourage and induce the industries to adopt clean technologies, he added.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister also launched a website, where citizens can access information in this regard.

The programme is based on the particulate matter (PM) emissions of large manufacturers of steel, cement, aluminium and major power plants.

State Industries Minister Anant Das, Forest and Environment Minister Bijayashree Routray and Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi were among others who attended the programme here in the morning.


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