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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Minister of Environment, New and Renewable Energy Hardeep Singh Dang has written an article detailing the state’s steps in the direction of cleanliness and environment protection.
He says that apart from cleanliness, Madhya Pradesh is also aware about environmental protection.
Following is the article of the minister:
Efforts are on to ensure purity, conservation and promotion of water and air along with setting new dimensions of cleanliness in the state. Plans are also being made to free the rural areas from pollution caused by waste and sewage.
In order to train the youth in environment related issues, diploma courses and short duration training programmes are conducted by EPCO. Along with environmental awareness, employment opportunities are also made available from them.
Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board disposed 2200 metric tonne of Covid waste and 6120 metric tonne bio-medical waste generated during the Covid-19 pandemic in the incinerators set up in the state. This stopped the infected waste from scattering here and there and helped control the spread of infection to some extent.
The work of conservation of ponds and water structures of the state is in progress.
After the Amrit Sagar Lake of Ratlam was approved by the central government, its conservation work was started with Rs 21 crore. At the same time, the plan for conservation and management of Sita Sagar, Datia has been approved by the Union Ministry of Environment. Work on this project costing Rs 13 crore 85 lakh is going to start soon. A proposal for a plan of Rs 37 crore for Munj Sagar, Devi Sagar and Dhoop Sagar Lake of Dhar district has been sent to the central government. Proposals for other districts of the state are also being prepared under the plan”.
As per the announcement of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, a proposal of about Rs 100 crores has been sent to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to make Shivna river in Mandsaur district pollution-free.
Constant online monitoring devices were installed in 211 industries of highly polluting nature. These are being monitored by the Environment Surveillance Center Bhopal in M.P Pollution Control Board. 16 EPR entities have been registered under Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) for units using plastic packing. As a result, the plastic packing units are disposing their waste through registered entities and the plastic waste is not polluting the environment.
The work of water quality measurement is being done at 50 sites from the origin Amarkantak to Alirajpur to monitor pollution in the Narmada river. The discharge situation has been reduced to zero with the installation of essential contaminated water treatment plants in the water polluting industries set up in the catchment area of the Narmada River. Water quality is also being measured regularly to check the purity of other rivers. The problem of industrial water pollution in the state has been controlled by the installation of state-of-the-art equipment in distilleries and other water-polluting industries.
Work based on a special action plan for air pollution control is being undertaken in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Gwalior cities. Under the scheme, the state has received Rs 149 crore 50 lakh from the Government of India.
The Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board is monitoring the environment through 17 regional offices of the state including Bhopal. Purity of air, noise pollution and vehicular pollution in the state is consistently being checked.
Ambience of air quality is being measured in all the districts. At present, air quality measurement stations have been established in 18 major cities for constant testing of air purity. ‘ENV Alert’ mobile app relating to air purity testing has been made available to the general public. Through this app, people can get air quality information of major cities from their mobile. A detailed study of the causes of air pollution in Bhopal and Gwalior is being conducted from ARAI, Pune and IIT, Kanpur. (PR)