Odisha is the first state in India to rate industries based on continuously monitored emissions data

Five Star Rating Program Expands to Odisha

To clean up the air, the Odisha Government today launched a Star Rating system for industries. This first-of-its-kind transparency initiative in the state will categorize industries from 1-star to 5-stars, with 1-star being the least compliant and 5-stars being the most compliant to the pollution standards set by the regulator. Along with informing residents and industries, the program aims to strengthen the Odisha State Pollution Control Board’s (SPCB Odisha) regulatory efforts to reduce pollution.

“We are committed towards serving our citizens better and I am very optimistic about this program that aims to cut pollution. The Star Rating program will help the public to find out whether industries in their vicinity are fair in their environmental compliance and empower them to strengthen regulations through public participation,” said Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik while launching the program by unveiling a new website (www.ospcb.info) where citizens can access the information. Also, Hon’ble Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of State Pollution Control Board, Odisha quoting this initiative as an excellent example of 3Ts- Technology, Transparency and Teamwork.

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