Innovative! West Bengal pollution control board’s unique plan to improve air quality

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Published: November 18, 2019 1:49:25 PM

The WBPCB secretary said legal action would be taken against hawkers if they continue to use solid fuels.

West Bengal pollution control board, delhi air quality, LPG cylinders, National Green Tribunal, WBPCB secretary, kolkata air pollutionWBPCB secretary Rajesh Kumar said the pollution control body plans to offer environment-friendly LPG cylinders to food vendors with the support of oil psus like Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation. (IE photo)

To reduce air pollution the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) plans to offer gas connections to roadside food vendors who use coal or wood fired ovens (open chullahs) for cooking. WBPCB secretary Rajesh Kumar said the pollution control body plans to offer environment-friendly LPG cylinders to food vendors with the support of oil psus like Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation. Kumar said this during a recent meeting with Concern for Calcutta, a statement issued by the NGO said on Monday.

The WBPCB secretary said legal action would be taken against hawkers if they continue to use solid fuels. As per the Air Quality Action Plan, approved by Central Pollution Control Board and the National Green Tribunal, the components that contribute substantially to air pollution are coal or wood-fired ovens, which have high air pollution potential.

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Kumar also asked people to download and use the ‘Paribesh’ app through which citizens can instantly complain about garbage-related problems or problems of waste burning on roadsides, it said. He also underlined the plan to eliminate the menace of plastic by creating incentives like paying a small amount for collecting and depositing the waste plastic like milk pouches, the statement added.

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