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Favouring growth, Modi govt sweeps away green rules

The new govt is moving with remarkable speed to clear away regulatory burdens for industry, the armed forces, mining and power projects

Ellen Barry & Neha Thirani Bagri  |  Vapi 

Factory owners in the city of Vapi on the western coast of India have been fuming, railing, and arguing for years against a single troublesome number: the pollution index used by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, which identified Vapi as an area so badly contaminated that any further industrial growth there was banned. They finally got some good news in early June, about two weeks after Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister. The new officials at the ministry told them that the pollution index would be revised - and in the meantime, Vapi's chemical and pesticide ...

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First Published: Sat, December 06 2014. 00:22 IST