05 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: Seven cities from Odisha figure in the National Green Tribunal's (NGT)'s list of 122 non-attainment cities (NACs)- polluted cities that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
"According to NGT's report, Odisha has seven non-attainment cities (NACs)-Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Angul, Talcher, Balasore, Rourkela and Kalinganagar," informed Debidutta Biswal, Member Secretary, Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) here today after attending a meeting of the Odisha Assembly's Standing Committee on Pollution.
Biswal said that as per the directive of the NGT a dedicated action plan with detail action map of which department will do what has to be prepared for each of them within a specified date.
He added that today was the last date for submission of action plan for Kalinganagar which the OSPCB will submit today.
Replying to a query from reporters, OSPCB Member Secretary said that the Board doesn't have an online pollution monitoring system in Bhubaneswar and it is monitored manually.
"As per the results of last month (October) which in fact we received yesterday pollution level in Bhubaneswar is 93-94. As per the AQI (Air Quality Index) 0-50 is termed as good, 50-100 is satisfactory. So our level is satisfactory. Last year our October figure had gone up satisfactory to moderate. Fortunately, this year due to 3-4 days of rains it has come down to satisfactory level. Pollution level is recorded highest in the five months of October, November, December, January and February," he pointed out.
Similarly, NGT has identified 351 polluted river stretches in the whole country out of which 19 river stretches are from Odisha, Biswal stated.
"Since there has been no exceedance in 10 out of these 19 river stretches in the last two years we have requested the NGT to exclude these 10 from the list of 19. As of today, nine river stretches in Odisha are polluted," he said.
The OSPCB Member Secretary explained that river pollution is graded on a scale of Priority 1 to 5, Priority 5 being the least polluted.
"In priority 1 category we have only one river stretch, remaining are in priority 4 and 5. So our concern is for the one in the Priority 1 category-Gangua which is the worst polluted," he pointed out.
Speaker of Odisha Assembly Surjya Narayan Patro today directed the OSPCB to flag off awareness 'rath' in towns and villages to create awareness on the hazards of pollution, global warming and the need to curb carbon dioxide emissions.
"You all know that pollution is one of the most important subject, climate change, global warming, emission of carbon dioxide by factories and effluent released from factories, use of plastics, wide production of plastic, cleaning of cities, NACs and villages are the main subjects which were discussed at today's meeting," informed Patro.
The Speaker said that he has asked the OSCPB to furnish details of the rules and action taken by them thereof against violators who are releasing effluents and work done by them for cleanliness in NACs and municipalities.
He added that he has asked the OSCPB to publish their rules in a dos and don'ts format booklet and flag off awareness 'rath' in towns and villages to create awareness about the hazards of pollution.
"If carbon emission is not checked it will cause global warming, our generation will survive somehow but the next generation will not exist," cautioned Patro.
The Odisha Assembly's Standing Committee on Pollution chaired by Speaker met here today.