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( 13 Mar 2018)
CPCB orders closure of non-complying GPIs b/w Dec 15-Apr 17

The Indian Government has said that Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued closure directions to 358 non-complying Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs) between December 2015 to April 2017.

Commenting on the issue, Minister of State for Environment, Mahesh Sharma said that according to information compiled by CPCB, there are 2,600 GPIs in various states and Union territories.

He said that out of the 2,600 GPIs, 1,218 are located in Uttar Pradesh, 660 in Haryana, 198 in Andhra Pradesh, 191 in Gujarat, 84 in Bihar, 76 in Uttarakhand, 69 in Jammu and Kashmir and 43 in West Bengal.

Twenty-nine GPIs are in Kerala, six in Odisha, five in Punjab, four each in Maharashtra and Karnataka, three each in Delhi and Puducherry, two each in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and one in Telangana, the minister said.