Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board chairman Ajay Kumar Mishra inaugurates the workshop at Jagjivan Bhavan, Dhanbad, on Saturday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Dhanbad, May 3: State pollution board’s chairman A.K. Mishra today called upon all stakeholders to do their bit — instead of passing the buck to government agencies — to turn the coal capital a safer and greener place to live in.
Mishra was speaking at BCCL’s Jagjivan Bhavan during a daylong workshop on environmental issues that was organised to find ways to transform Jharia into an environment-friendly region.
With this workshop, Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) initiated a campaign to clean up the coal capital’s air by reducing toxicity levels in and around Dhanbad, one of the 22 most polluted cities of the country.
“Reducing pollution and making a city green, clean and liveable is not the responsibility of an individual. All stakeholders should come forward, focus on the problems and work to curb the menace,” Mishra told the audience.
The JSPCB chief added everyone, including government agencies, industries and citizens, must take a pledge to do something to make the city pollution free.
Mishra lauded the role of Indian School of Mines (ISM)-Dhanbad, Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) and Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) for their efforts to check pollution.
On its part, BCCL promised to turn Jharia as green as it was around 200 years ago.
“We will go all out to restore its greenery once mining is complete here,” BCCL director (technical) D.C. Jha said.
He added that the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF), with the help of ISM and CIMFR, had managed to restrict the underground fire to a large extent in the past two years.
MoEF director Manoranjan Hota, who came from Delhi to take part in the event, asked everyone to play a positive role in this mission.
JSPCB members Dr Virendra Mahto and J.H. Mehta, CMPDI boss A.K. Deonath, ISM professors Dr Gurudip Singh and Dr D.C. Jha, and BCCL director (personnel) B.K. Panda were also present.