Asks pollution-causing companies in Hyderabad to shift base beyond the ORR within six months
Hyderabad: Pressing a few industries in Hyderabad to relocate beyond the Outer Ring Road (ORR), the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) is warning them that their land allocation would be cancelled if they fail to do so within six months.
To this effect, TSIIC officials have been inspecting industrial units in different areas of the city for the last few weeks and interacting with managements. Besides briefing them about the facilities being provided at other industrial parks, TSIIC officials are also enquiring about additional facilities, if any, required by the managements to relocate to areas outside the ORR.
Last week, TSIIC Chairman Gyadari Balamallu, along with officials and elected public representatives, inspected edible oil processing units and iron and steel units in Katedan. Katedan has about 20 edible oil processing units and nearly 25 iron and steel units. In the past, TSIIC had issued notices to the oil unit managements to relocate to Buchinepally and Zaheerabad, and iron and steel units to Rakamcherla in the Parigi constituency.
The government had set up a 150-acre industrial park covering parts of Rakamcherla and Puduru villages. The idea is to relocate the iron and steel units to the Rakamcherla park as a means to curb goods truck movement in Katedan and facilitate employment to the local youth in the neighbouring areas of the park.
While interacting with the managements, Balamallu had directed them to set up their units at Rakamcherla and commence their operations. In fact, he had warned the managements that their land allocations for setting up the units would be cancelled if they failed to follow the government’s instructions on relocating to new areas, said a TSIIC official.
Similarly, measures are being expedited to relocate plastic units operating at Shastripuram in Rajendranagar to Thummaluru, Ranga Reddy. Notices have been served by the Telangana State Pollution Control Board and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to the managements to this effect. The State government has developed an industrial park there on 143 acres at about Rs 123 crore.
The Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) is conducting a survey to identify units violating pollution norms in different parts of the city.
The move comes in the wake of Industries Minister KT Rama Rao directing the Industries Department and TSPCB officials to conduct field visits and identify such units. Accordingly, the TSPCB has set up five to six teams and have been conducting the survey for the last few weeks.
The teams would identify units and furnish a detailed report to the government in a week to initiate further action, said a senior official from TSPCB.
On the surveys conducted in the past, the official said since the pandemic, a few units had shut their operations. “There is a need to identify sick units and the ones which have been closed. Based on the report, relocation plans could be finalised by the government,” said the official.
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