By admin       2019-01-28

The Gujarat state government recently approved specified shifting zones in Surat’s outskirts for the polluting textile dyeing and printing mills in the city by adding a few clauses to the General Development Control Regulation (GDCR). The decision followed suggestions by the South Gujarat Textile Processo Association (SGTPA) and state industries minister Saurabh Patel. While approving the development plan (DP) for the Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA), the Gujarat government has made provisions for construction of wider roads.The SGTPA has urged the state government to allocate 100 hectares land for developing a new industrial zone to facilitate the shifting of the textile mills located in the old city, Ashwani Kumar Road, Katargam, Varachha, Kadodara and Udhana areas, according to a report in a top Indian newspaper.About 65 textile mills are operating in the city’s residential areas, including Khatodara, Udhana, Ashwani Kumar Road, Ved Road, Bombay Market and Puna Kumbharia, where particulate matter (PM10) levels is exceedingly higher than the national annual average at 184 per micrograms per cubic meter of air (UG/M3) per annum. (DS).

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