Bhubaneswar: Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha on Wednesday cautioned all concerned to be extra careful so that environment doesn’t get polluted in the process of development.
“All have to be extra careful that our environment doesn’t get polluted in the course of development,” the Minister stated while inaugurating the 36th foundation day of the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) here at Jayadev Bhawan.
“Nature has gifted our State with enormous amount of natural resources in the shape of mineral, forest and water. We are marching ahead to build a strong and prosperous Odisha with proper utilisation of these resources but there is often apprehension of environment becoming the biggest casualty in the development process,” he pointed out.
Arukha said that the SPCB has an important role in providing a healthy and suitable environment to the citizens for a quality lifestyle.
“The SPCB is undertaking multiple programmes with the assistance of the State government for this. All out efforts are being made to keep air and water pollution levels in the State within the permissible limits,” he added.
The Minister stated that the State has also achieved reasonable success in taming industrial pollution and pollution from mines and added that sewage treatment plants have been established in different towns to prevent river pollution caused due to draining of sewage water into rivers.
Arukha sought association and cooperation of the public in banning use of single-use plastic in all urban areas in the State from October 2 Gandhi Jayanti.
As part of the foundation day celebrations JK Paper Mill, Rayagada was awarded ‘Pollution Control Excellence Award and GMR Kamalanga Energy Ltd of Dhenkanal district was awarded ‘Pollution Control Appreciation Award’ in the industry category.
Similarly, Sukinda Chromite Mines of the IMFA Group was awarded ‘Pollution Control Excellence Award’in the mines category.
Besides, Shishu Bhawan in Cuttack was awarded ‘Pollution Control Appreciation Award’ under health services category.