Government permits industries within 25 km of cities

July 3rd, 2008 - 5:22 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The government Thursday lifted a ban on locating industries within 25 km of cities with a population of one million. The cabinet, at its meeting here Thursday presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, decided to lift the ban that had been imposed in 1991, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters.

After the 1991 ban, only electronics, computer software and printing industries, as also industries located within industrial areas were permitted within 25 km of cities with a population of one million.

“Since the grant of industrial licences was on the basis of recommendations of the state government and environmental clearance at the state and central levels, the existing procedure of granting licence can now be dispensed with,” the minister said.

“This was amounting to an unnecessary hurdle in the way of setting up of industries and needed to be done away with,” Dasmunsi added.

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