SUBJECT : Pollution

The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to map various sources of air pollution by industrial units in the district. It will be done through satellite imagery of Punjab Remote Sensing Station. During a meeting of board officials, chaired by the PPCB chairman, Kahan Singh Pannu, it was also decided to conduct water audit of all industrial units with a view to bring efficiency in the water utilisation in industrial processes. Water audit of industries will help in reducing overall quantity of industrial effluents generated, which will subsequently reduce the load on installed sewage treatment plants (STPs). Besides, it was decided that with a view to earn wealth from waste and to reduce pollution load, spent acid generated by pickling units should be reused in dyeing industries, said board members. “For this purpose, some industries in the city have been asked to carry out pilot studies,” they added. Pannu advised board officials to adopt a proactive approach to reduce environment pollution by guiding industries to adopt such resource conservation measures. Pardeep Gupta, chief environmental engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board, said, “Board officials shall assist industries in finding improved technologies for control of air and water pollution.”

What board has decided in meeting

  • Identify various sources of air pollution in industrial units.
  • Conduct water audit of all industrial units. It will be done to bring efficiency in the utilisation of natural resource.
  • To decrease load on installed sewage treatment plants with check on water usage.
  • To earn wealth from waste and to reduce pollution load, spent acid generated by pickling units will be reused in dyeing industries.
  • Board officials will assist the industry in finding and using new technologies to reduce water and air pollution.



Source: Nov 23, 2017, The Tribune