Around 500 mills across Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will have to stop operations from November 4, under directions of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority. EPCA has asked all biomass and coal-based industries in the National Capital Region to remain closed to help keep a check on air pollution.
The measure will not only affect NCR’s mills but also farmers in paddy-growing states as mills restrict purchase of basmati to check losses in processing season. Millers rued that the shutdown will affect quality of product and basmati exports. “Storing paddy stocks for several days will affect quality and market price, which branded players cannot afford,” said one miller.
EPCA has been advised by the task force on Graded Response Action Plan to shut construction activities, stone crushers and all industries using coal and biomass as fuel. Modern mills use rice husk as fuel in boilers for drying, powdering and other functions. Read More
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