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Thursday, 20 September 2018

The cost of Pollution- It is not a myth



A study conducted by the World Bank in 2013 estimated that environmental degradation is costing India at least $80 billion a year, of which losses of rivers remains a significant part. 


Rivers- and Pollution
The Central Pollution Control Board about Indian river is worrisome. The reason behind worry is that even after there is huge pressure to save the water and river, and there are numerous programmes which ran to protect river, but the outcome is threatening. The critically polluted rivers have risen from 351 to 302. 
This does highlight the inefficient work of government departments, the social behavior and upcoming problems. 

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What to understand by the report?
There have been various ‘non-working’ rules to control waste management, which are the major source of pollution in rivers.
The failure of many national programmes run by the central government for river conservation, preservation of wetlands and water quality monitoring. 
There was a huge amount  given to Uttar Pradesh State of India, which scored a little better than other states who did not get funds to clean rivers. 
States like Mahratshtra, Gujarat, Assam has higher level of pollution and degraded river segment as poor infrastructure remain as main problem around rivers.
The central pollution board should audit rivers more frequently, but it was done at the instance of National Green Tribunal.
The central Pollution board should carry out intensive measures through the state pollution control boards to eliminate pollutants, starting with sewage and industrial effluents.  
What are the challenges in cleaning rivers?
A huge funding gap remains the problem, as well as lack of infrastructure development. 
Rapid urbanization is also putting pressure on the ecosystem of rivers. The lethargic attitude of State Pollution Control Boards and Pollution control committees remain a matter of concern. The industrial discharge to zero has to be attained vigorously, giving industries help. 
Government agencies do fail at administrative front but somewhere social attitude is also 'unchanged' when it comes to various religious practices and due to those practices rivers are ruined more. 
What is Central Pollution Control Board?


Central pollution control Board is a statuary (Made by the parliament, not originally written in the constitution) body  under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. It was established in 1974 under the Water( Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. 

It serves as a field- formation and technical service provider. 

It also coordinate with state pollution control boards, and provides them technical assistance and guidance. 
The main work of the CPCB is to monitor water, and air quality pollution data, and help in running voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts.