The Indian government has launched a plan to build 5 lakh “green industrial” shelving plants in the country to combat air pollution.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has launched the “green energy plan” to develop the plant, which will be used to cool and power factories.
“The project will be implemented on a commercial scale by the Ministry of Energy,” a spokesperson for the ministry said.
The spokesperson added that the government will start construction of the plant on September 30 and finish it in October 2018.
The plan also calls for “a green industrial zone” in the vicinity of the plants.
The government is seeking a grant of Rs 2 lakh crore from the Economic Affairs Ministry to develop this scheme.
The project would involve setting up of plants at several locations and will cover more than 2,500 sq km of land, the spokesperson said.
While the project has been proposed for two decades, it has been delayed because of various reasons.
India has witnessed a string of air pollution related deaths, including a cluster of three deaths at a plant in Jharkhand, in December, and two more deaths in Delhi in May.
The country has suffered from the worst air pollution in the world, with PM2.5 levels in excess of 400 micrograms per cubic metre in Delhi.
The PM2, or tiny particles, found in the air, are responsible for more than 100,000 premature deaths a year.
The World Health Organization has identified PM2 (micrograms) as the most important air pollutant and the second most harmful after carbon dioxide.