The Punjab regional government, on the directions of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal , has allowed setting up of pyrolysis plants in specified industrial areas and designated industrial land use areas in the state.
A spokesman said that the deputy chief minister had intervened in the matter to save the existing 50 pyrolytic industrial units, as well as framing a new policy for establishing new units.
After considering various environmental and legal issues and suggestions received from the public, its final policy got the approval from the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).
Accordingly, the state government has issued fresh guidelines for setting up of waste tyre-based pyrolysis plants which extract fuel oil from waste tyres..
To tackle environmental and safety issues, clear instructions regarding code of practice and pollution abatement measures have been issued for all pyrolytic units.
Additionally, the state government imposed a complete ban on the procurement or import of raw material from foreign suppliers, or even from other states within the country. All units including existing ones would be allowed to process the waste tyres or waste rubber products generated from within Punjab.
The pyrolytic industry will not be allowed to discharge waste water generated from oil-water separators anywhere in the environment.
Any new units will have to develop a green belt of minimum of four metres width along the boundary of the plant.