Government of Tamil Nadu amends the Tamil Nadu Regulation of wood Based Industries Rules, 2010

Mar 11, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Industry Specific Compliance

The State Government of Tamil Nadu on March 04, 2020 amends the Tamil Nadu Regulation of wood Based Industries Rules, 2010.

Ø  Under Rule 2(1) which specifies Definitions, various definitions have been inserted, namely:

Industrial Estate; Round log; Saw Mill; Sawn Timber; committee

Ø  Under Rule 3 which specifies the procedure for restriction on establishment of Wood Based Industries, following provisos have been inserted:

Provided that the following industries or processing plants not using round logs of domestic origin or operating without a band saw or re-saw or circular saw of more than thirty centimetre diameter shall not require licence, namely:

Industries or processing plants which use: (a) sawn timber, cane, bamboo, reed, plywood, veneers or imported wood, procured from legitimate sources; (b) black board, medium density fibreboard or similar wood based products, procured from legitimate sources; (c) round log or timber from species declared as agro-forestry or agricultural crops and / or exempted  from the purview of the felling and transit regime in Tamil Nadu and procured from legitimate  sources:

Provided further that the committee may allow installation of circular saw of diameter upto 60 centimetre in such industries having specialized requirement. Such industries shall be registered with the Tamil Nadu Forest Department and shall be regulated as per the norms prescribed by the Government.

Ø  Under Rule 4 which specifies the procedure for making application for grant of licence:

                        i.            sub-rules (1), (2) and (3) shall, respectively, be re-numbered as sub-rules (2), (3) and (4);

                      ii.            before sub-rule (2), the following sub-rule has been inserted, namely: (1) No licence to a wood based industry shall be granted without obtaining prior approval of the committee

                    iii.            after sub-rule (4), the following sub-rule shall be added namely: (5) A wood Based Industry can be established in an Industrial Estate or a Municipal area, irrespective of the aerial distance from the boundary of nearest notified forest or protected area.

[Notification No. SRO A-10/2020 (G.O. Ms. No. 16)]


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