Challenges Of Environmental Pollution

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The Environmental concerns and challenges have changed over the years requiring a paradigm shift in strategies for pollution abatement and control. Economic development has hastened industrialization, thereby, putting additional burden on resources including water, fuel and raw material and environment. The present challenges include conservation of resources, managing the ever growing solid waste, ensuring treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater, maintaining river water quality, using IT as a compliance tool, etc.

Significant steps towards prevention and control of environmental pollution have been taken in the past. However, in order to meet the growing challenges, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has embarked upon a number of new initiatives such as –
• CPCB launched Air Quality Index which is a tool for effective communication of air quality status to people. Presently, AQI of 30 cities is disseminated on CPCB website.
• CPCB has prepared segmental action plan for restoration of water quality of River Ganga. The rejuvenation plan aims to stop the discharge of untreated sewage and waste water from 118 towns along river Ganga.
• CPCB has initiated online monitoring of industrial emissions/ discharges which is a significant step towards self-regulation in 17 categories of highly polluting industries apart from industries discharging their effluent into river Ganga or its tributaries.
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