The guidelines also specify four international certification programmes that will be accepted in addition to the revised TAPS-2000 programme of C-WET, the ministry’s own certifying entity.
However, all installed machines will have to be fitted with an online remote monitoring system so that C-WET can access information such as power generation and downtime of each machine.
The guidelines are applicable from 31 December in the run-up to the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). They are aimed at developing indigenous manufacturing capacity and enabling transfer of the latest technology into India. The certification clauses will accelerate capacity addition by de-clogging C-WET’s pipeline.
The ministry has invited public comment up to 29 September, after which final guidelines will be issued and announced.