NEW DELHI :
Environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday urged businesses, especially those in polluting industries, to embrace self-regulation to keep pollution under check even as the top brass of the central government held meetings during the day on combating the high level of pollution in the national capital.
Javadekar said on the sidelines of a conference here that the central government will soon hold a meeting of state governments on measures to deal with pollution. The Prime Minister’s Office, which had on Sunday held a meeting on the issue, is meeting again on Tuesday, he said.
In his address at the ‘Indian Chemical Council sustainability conclave’ here, the minister said if pollution load of industries does not increase, they need not come to the ministries for permissions or clearances again.
The minister urged businesses to be responsible and to put in place a self-regulatory mechanism that should be put in place through institution building. “Without that, the nation cannot progress," the minister said.
Javadekar also pitched for a behavioral change among people in keeping the environment clean. “Plastic per se is not a problem. Not collecting it for recycling, is. There is a need to change the mindset. We also need to save water and recycle it. That will help the industry to grow," the minister said.
"In electronic waste management, we are a country with 120 crore mobile phones which have an average life of two years. Every year, we are doing away with 60 crore mobile phones. Short sightedness is the problem. Waste management is Swachh Bharat Part 2," the minister said.
According to an analysis by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), India’s chemical industry is estimated at $163 billion in FY18 and it is estimated to grow at 9% per annum to reach $ 304 billion by financial year 2025. The expected growth is linked to rising demand in end-use segments like specialty chemicals and petrochemicals intermediates and higher exports.