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Pollution control plan to be revised

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  • Published 19.07.10

Dhanbad, July 18: After presenting an action plan for pollution control in Dhanbad last week, members of the expert panel are now working overnight to prepare a revised blueprint.

The revised plan is being prepared according to the suggestions of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). It will be submitted by the end of this month.

The five-member committee formed by Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) comprises scientists of Indian School of Mines, Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research besides the members of the board itself.

CPCB has instructed the panel to prepare the fresh blueprint after fixing specific time periods for particular tasks and also to specify the role of different agencies.

Dhanbad has ranked 13th among 43 critically polluted industrial clusters of the country and topped in Jharkhand in a study conducted by a joint team of IIT, Delhi, and CPCB this year. The alarming result woke JSPCB from its slumber and it constituted an expert panel to prepare an action plan for pollution control.

One of the panelists said the revised plan would be in place on time.

The previous action plan presented before the CPCB on July 12 at Delhi mentioned about the utilisation of waste of the coal washeries for generation of electricity through Fluidised Bed combustion Technology. However, it missed out on informing who would provide the raw material, money and technology for the purpose. The plan also mentioned about the utilisation of fly ash generated through power plants for preparing bricks and thereby preventing pollution. The plan again failed to mention who would be performing the task.

The regional pollution control officer of Dhanbad Dinesh Chandra Singh said they have provided all the details including the location of the mines, washeries, and solid waste management process of municipal corporation to the expert panel.