Tata Motors gets environmental guidelines for Nano plant

March 19th, 2009 - 5:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Gandhinagar, March 19 (IANS) Tata Motors, which is building its Rs.20-billion Nano small car plant in Gujarat’s Sanand, has been slapped with a list of environmental conditionalities by the state government, a few days before the launch of Nano.
Tata is all set to roll out the world’s cheapest car Nano, priced at Rs.100,000 ($2,000), Monday.

Sources told IANS that the State-Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) has granted environmental permission to the Sanand plant, but in a recent letter asked the company not to use ground water for the project and promote water harvesting practices and eco-development measures in the area.

Tata Group Nov 11 last year had submitted its Risk Assessment Report to the SEIAA, seeking environmental clearance.

The authority asked the company to source the required water from Gujarat Industrial Development Corp (GIDC) or Narmada water pipeline or any other government water supply sources.

There should not be any wastewater generation from the project, the guidelines said.

Besides, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has asked Tata Motors to develop a ‘green belt’ in phases. Complying with that, the company with the help of local bodies and schools will plant and maintain nearly 5,000 trees in the vicinity of the plant.

Tata Motors would also undertake community welfare programmes in the project area for the overall improvement in the environment, the sources said.

According to the guidelines, Tata could not expand or modify the project without obtaining permission from the union ministry of environment and the SEIAA.

The company should earmark adequate funds to implement the conditions stipulated by the SEIAA, it added.

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