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Green facts for students

Sir, do you use prohibited polythene bags of less than 40 micron at home?

Sir, why incinerators for disposal of bio-medical waste cannot be established in Dhanbad?

Students lobbed questions one after the other at regional officer of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board Dinesh Prasad Singh, who was in Dhanbad on Tuesday to address a seminar on environment.

The event was jointly organised by the department of environment engineering of ISM, in association with local NGO Insearch, at the auditorium of the mining cradle’s management studies department. Chief guest Singh answered all the queries of more than 100 curious minds from schools like DPS, De-Nobili, Dhanbad, Indian School of Learning, Kids Garden and DAV Public School, Koylanagar. He also apprised them of provisions of various pollution acts and rules, pointing out some inherent flaws in them.

“According to Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, the state pollution control board should take action against manufacturers of prohibited plastic and the local civic bodies will check disposal of plastic waste. But, it is silent on who will monitor sale of prohibited category of plastic in the market,” said the regional officer.

He also spoke on noise pollution. “The district administration is responsible for enforcing the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, that prohibit use of loudspeakers in open areas from 9pm to 6am. But permission is granted till midnight under special circumstances,” he added.

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