In-depth review of the works of U.P Pollution Control Board by Minister Dr. Arun Kumar Saxena
Release of the compiled booklet of the functions of the control room working in the State Board Headquarters
A total of 114 sewage treatment plants (S.T.P.) have been established in the state.
Instructions to prepare and make available the Board in 01 week by preparing the Kpejtbj Mdaptvad Umadjans Chsand on the prescribed format
In view of the shortage of bricks in the state, permission should be granted to operate valid brick kilns from February 01, 2023 in all other districts except NCR.
Lucknow: An in-depth review of the works of the UP Pollution Control Board was done by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest, Zoological Gardens and Climate Change, Dr. Arun Kumar Saxena and the Minister of State for the Department, KP Malik. On this occasion, the Ministers also released a compiled booklet of the functions of the control room working in the State Board Headquarters.
Reviewing the action plan being implemented to improve the water quality of Ganga and other tributaries, Dr. Saxena said that at present a total of 114 Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) have been established in the state, out of which 104 are operational. Monitoring of all (STP) should be done every week by the board. Out of the operated STPs, 94 were found to conform to the standards and 10 were not found to conform to the standards, against which environmental compensation should be imposed as per rules. He directed that in compliance with the order given by Hon’ble NGT, the District Environmental Plan should be prepared on the prescribed format and made available to the board within 01 week.
In relation to the brick kilns located in the state, the Forest Minister instructed the officials of the board that in view of the shortage of bricks in the state, permission should be given to operate valid brick kilns from February 01, 2023, in all other districts except NCR. Satisfaction was expressed over the status of disposal of applications received on Nivesh Mitra and complaints received on IGRS. He asked the departmental officers to cooperate with industries in solving environmental problems and take necessary action so that a positive message could reach the public.
Saxena also discussed compliance of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) with industry representatives using plastic/polythene for packaging. It was informed by the Additional Chief Secretary that it would be possible to reimburse the objectives of circular economy by due compliance of the provisions of EPR. The minister instructed the officers of the board to provide required cooperation to the entrepreneurs, so that the industrialization of the state could gain momentum.
It was informed by the Additional Chief Secretary, Environment that the air quality of 16 out of 17 cities has improved in the last two years due to the collective efforts of the board and other departments. From October 01, 2022 to December 15, 2022, air quality has improved in major cities of the state during the same period last year. In the ‘Clean Air Survey’, the first 03 metropolitan cities of the country were from Lucknow, Prayagraj and Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh, which have also been rewarded by the Government of India. Apart from this, Moradabad and Firozabad have also been appreciated in other cities.
All the Divisional Forest Officers and Regional Officers of the State, Pollution Control Board were present in the meeting through V.C.