Bhubaneswar26/8/19:: The first meeting of the House Committee to look into the aspects of environmental pollution in the state was held today.
The meeting was held in Room No-54 of OLA under the Chairmanship of Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro. The Committee had a preliminary discussion about its future plan and programme.
Mona Sharma, Principal Secretary, forest & Environment, Sandeep Tripathy, PCCF, Dr K. Murugeson, Director, Environment-cum-special Secretary, Debidutta Biswal, Member Secretary, State Pollution Control Board apprised the Committee on the activities of the Department with special focus on pollution control.
The discussion revolved around the protection of the environment, climatic change, steps taken by ULBs and PR & DW Department for disposal of waste management, prevention, control or abatement of pollution and enforcing the environmental laws. The members raised issues ranging from pollution in mining areas, rivers and Chilika lake.The officials informed that the State Pollution Control Board was constituted in July, 1983 and was entrusted with the responsibilities of implementing the environmental acts. The Fly Ash Resource Centre has been set up in the State Pollution Control Board for management and utilization of fly ash in the state. Initiatives have been taken to facilitate bulk utilization of other industrial solid wastes. The bedded health care establishment have been brought under the consent administration.