Mumbai: Environment and Forests Minister
Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said the government will not give
clearances for the next eight months to companies that propose
setting up industries in 88 areas identified as "critically
Ramesh said the government has identified 88
industrial clusters in the country as having "very alarmingly
high" level of environmental pollution based on a study by IIT
Delhi and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
"No fresh proposals for environmental approval in
these clusters will be considered by my ministry for the next
eight months till the state governments and the Centre
together put together an action plan and there should be
evidence that the action plan is actually being implemented,"
Ramesh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
The study titled, "Comprehensive Environmental
Pollution Index" has listed industry hubs like Navi Mumbai and
Chembur in Mumbai, Ankleshwar and Vapi in Gujarat, Ghaziabad
and Singrauli in Uttar Pradesh, Korba in Chhattisgarh,
Chandrapur in Maharashtra, Ludhiana in Punjab, Vellore in
Tamil Nadu and Bhiwadi in Rajasthan as being among critically
The pollution index takes into account the level of
land, air and water pollution to define a critically polluted