House Committee Seeks Report On Environmental Pollution

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly’s House Committee on Environmental Pollution has sought reports from the Secretaries of Urban Development, Panchayati Raj, and Forest & Environment departments over environmental pollution.

A meeting of the House panel chaired by State Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro held today decided to seek reports from the Secretaries of Urban Development, Panchayati Raj and Forest & Environment departments over environmental pollution and hold a meeting with officials of the concerned department on February 1, said an official press release issued here today.

The Committee also decided to examine orders passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) over environmental pollution in its next meeting.

Release of wastewater/effluents by industries into different water bodies like rivers and canals and farmlands, carbon emission by sponge iron factories, and clean environment in urban and rural areas were mainly discussed at the meeting.

Three sub-committees have been constituted to examine the aforementioned issues.

While Opposition Chief Whip Mohan Charan Majhi will chair the sub-committee on release of waste water by industries into water bodies etc, the sub-committee on clean environment in urban and rural areas will be chaired by Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingh Mishra and the sub-committee on carbon emission by sponge iron factories will be chaired by MLA Badri Narayan Patra.

These sub-committees have been asked to submit reports after studying environmental pollution before the next session of the State Assembly.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker Rajnikant Singh, Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena, Steel & Mines Minister Prafulla Kumar Mallick, Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick, Opposition Deputy Chief Whip Mohan Charan Majhi, CLP leader Narsingh Mishra, MLA Badrinarayan Patra, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Bishnu Sethi, MLA Brajakishore Pradhan, Ramesh Chandra Behera, Dasarathi Gomango, Minakshi Mahant, Prakash Soren and others.