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OPSCB To Setup CAAQMS In Seven Most Polluted Districts

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OPSCB) will be setting up continuous air quality monitoring stations (CAAQMS) in most polluted areas of the State. During a high level meeting here today, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy approved OPSCB Member Secretary K Murugsan’s proposal to setup CAAQMS in Cuttack, Balasore, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Angul and Bhubaneswar.

At present two CAAQMS are operating at Talcher and Brajrajnagar. Tripathy directed to complete the work within the current financial year. It was decided to put in place a SOP for rigorous validation and analysis of the large volume of raw data expected to be generated from these stations, for public use.

The proposal regarding development of geo-data base for environmental mapping was approved in the meeting. It was decided that it would be a web-based application for all pollution-prone areas of Odisha. Besides, a web-portal containing updated data on air and water quality in different areas of the State will be developed for public information and use.

Tripathy sought simplification of compliance condition through process reengineering and office automation. He tasked the Board to come up with a definite action plan for setting national benchmark on hassle-free compliance, without compromising environmental concerns.

“Since Odisha is rich in mineral resources, the State also needs to be proportionately industrialized. Process reengineering supplemented with capacity enhancement (of the Board) will help creation of more employment opportunities through facilitation of business environment,” Tripathy noted at the meeting.

“Simplify and shorten the application forms for availing certificates/ no objections under various norms. Reduce delivery time for the public and ensure that air pollution is checked. This can be done when the industries adopt latest production technology and containment measures,” he added.

Murugesan said the automation system should be linked to regional offices and central laboratory to reduce the time of getting reports from field officers. The Member Secretary will have weekly monitoring of the process simplification, re-engineering and office automation process.

Tripathy directed to accomplish major part of the task within a month. All members of the Board along with senior officials of the State Government participated in the meeting.

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