New pollution guidelines for Ind

Source: Lokmat Times | Posted on 30 December 2018

New pollution guidelines for Ind

LOKMAT NEWS NETWORK AURANGABAD, DEC 29: The Marathwada Association of Small Scale Industries and Agriculture (MASSIA) along with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) held an awareness session regarding air pollution and new directives of the MPCB for industries on Friday at Massia office. Speaking in the session, MPCB sub-divisional officer J A Kadam said, "Since June 2018, the MPCB has drawn up new pollution guidelines for the indus-tries. The companies will be rated between 5 to 1 grades depending on the pollution levels of the companies. The companies under PMIO (50 gms per cubic meter) or below will be rated 5. The companies having emission levels below 100 gins per cubic meter will be graded 4, below 150 will be graded 3, below 250 and more will be under 2 and those companies having emission levels of more than 300 will be categorized under grade 1."

According to the data of the MPCB, majority of industries in Aurangabad are under 1 and 2 grade categories. Director of Environmental Research and Consultancy Dr Geetanjali Kaushik said that the industries will have to work for lowering the emission levels to reduce air pollution. The new guidelines will ensure that the companies flouting the rules will face strict action. Ishan Chaudhary from Energy Policy Institute of Chicago University, Arkopal Dutta from Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Abhay Hanchnal, Gajanan Deshmukh, Sumit Malani, Rajendra Chaudhary, Manish Agrawal, Punjaji Jagade, Deelip Shinde and company delegates were present on the occasion.