Panel lens on waste disposal

The Assembly committee on environment and pollution control on Monday held a marathon meeting with representatives of various corporate and government agencies to review measures taken to curb open disposal of industrial effluent and biomedical waste across Jamshedpur.

By Our Correspondent
  • Published 12.05.15
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The Assembly committee holds the meeting atCircuit House on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad

The Assembly committee on environment and pollution control on Monday held a marathon meeting with representatives of various corporate and government agencies to review measures taken to curb open disposal of industrial effluent and biomedical waste across Jamshedpur.

The three-member team, comprising chairman and Bermo MLA Jogendra Mahto, Godda legislator Raghunandan Mandal and Khijri MLA Ramkumar Pahan, stressed on strict implementation of environmental norms during the three-hour meeting at Circuit House.

"We had asked all agencies to submit detailed reports, indicating steps taken for compliance of environment and pollution norms. But, barring a few of government departments, most of the agencies failed to submit the reports. We had to call another meeting in the evening (from 6pm) to know about steps taken," said Mahto.

After going through the reports, the House panel will make surprise visits on Tuesday to take stock of the ground realities. "Not only Jamshedpur, we will also visit adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district," Mahto said.

He added that there had been complaints of open disposal of biomedical waste and discharge of industrial effluents into rivers. Also, government and corporate agencies are not planting saplings to compensate for trees felled during various projects.

"We will assess the situation and compile a report, which will be submitted to the state Assembly," said Mahto.