TN CM unveils Direct CTO scheme for green category industries

[] Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami has announced a new initiative, ‘Direct CTO’, to enable companies operating under ‘green category industries’ receive faster clearances from the government

Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami, on January 30, 2020, unveiled a new initiative, under which companies falling under the ‘green’ category can receive a ‘Direct CTO’ to set up offices in industrial parks, by paying the application fees. “I am happy to announce a new initiative Direct CTO (Consent to Operate) Scheme to relax the process for pre-establishment clearances for ‘green’ category industries. These companies can commence construction activities through self-declaration. They need not wait to receive the clearances,” he said. The move would largely benefit micro, small and medium enterprises, planning to set up operations in the state, he said.

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Noting that companies falling under the ‘white’ category do not require consent from the pollution control board, he said, industries under the ‘green’ category would benefit from the new initiative. According to the Ministry of Environment, companies are classified in red, orange, green and white categories, based on the pollution index generated from them. ‘Red’ category industries are those which have a pollution index score of 60 and above, ‘orange’ category are with 41 to 59, ‘green’ category industrial sectors are of 21 to 40 and ‘white’ category industries are from 0 to 20.

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The chief minister also announced an initiative for land-use re-classification in non-plan areas. “Land-use re-classification for non-plan areas will be given deemed approval, if the applications in full shape, cross the timeline”, he said. Palaniswami said compared to the earlier practice of waiting to receive clearances for a period of six months to two years, companies planning to set up office would get clearances within 50 days, under this new scheme.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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