920 online monitoring systems to check pollution installed

By: Gizbot Bureau

Of 2,800 highly polluting industries required to install online monitoring systems, industries have set up 920 such devices as on June 30, government said today.

920 online monitoring systems to check pollution installed

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar said that 2,800 indsutries under 17 categories of highly polluting industries are required to install online monitoring system.

Of these, the industries have installed 920 devices, he said. Javadekar said that grossly polluting industries located in the Ganga basin are also required to install online monitoring system for effluents.

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"The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued directions to direct all industries falling under 17 categories of highly polluting industries to install online effluent/emission monitoring system inluding (those of) public sector like Steel Authority of India Limited, National Aluminium Company Limited and National Thermal Power Corporation Limited," he said.

Out of 17 categories of industries, ten are having both effluent-discharge and stack emission like Refinery, Petrochemical, Steel and Aluminium while six other categories are mainly water polluting including Pharmaceutical, Pesticide dye and dye intermediate and one category, cement, is mainly air polluting, he said.

920 online monitoring systems to check pollution installed

In another written reply on waste/e-waste management, the Minister said that according to 2009 data furnished by CPCB there were 36,165 hazardous waste generating industries, generating about 6.2 million tonnes of waste per annum which increased to 41,523 industries during 2011 generating about 7.9 million tonnes per annum.

As far as e-waste is concerned, 1,46,800 metric tonnes (MT) of e-waste was generated in the country in 2005 which had been projected to increase to 8,00,000 MT by 2012.

Source: PTI

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