Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched a Star Rating system, a first-of-its-kind initiative for industries in order to reduce pollution.
This initiative in the state will categorize industries from l-star to 5-stars, with l-star being the least compliant and 5-stars being the most compliant to the pollution standards set by the regulator, said Patnaik.
Based on the particulate matter (PM) emissions of large manufacturers of steel, cement, aluminium and major power plants and the programme will be implemented with the help of researchers from EPIC-India and TCD in a phased manner. It will cover 20 industrial plants initially, and will eventually cover all 136 plants with continuously monitored data.
Along with informing residents and industries, the programme aims also aimed at strengthening the Odisha State Pollution Control Board’s (OSPCB) regulatory efforts to reduce pollution.
SPCB is conducting inspection and recalibration drives to check the quality of data and would be updating the ratings every month.