|The Chief Secretary to the Government of Gujarat who is also the Chairperson of the Task Force for implementation of the Air Action Plan reviewed the action taken and efforts made to arrive at successful results in reducing pollution in Ahmedabad city. As per report of the CPCB, Delhi, 85 cities in India monitored periodically, to record RSPM [Respirable suspended particulate matter] level, shows the ranking of Ahmedabad continuously improved from 4th in year 2001 to 13th in year 2005, 43rd in year 2006 and 66th in year 2008, position. EPCA (EPCA popularly known as 'Bhurelal Committee') mentioned the progress made in the implementation of the Air Action Plan for Ahmedabad as satisfactory.|
Similarly the District level Task Force headed by District Collectors have also continued to monitor Air Action Plan for the towns of Vapi, Surat, Ankleshwar, Vadodara and Rajkot, periodically. In case of Vadodara city, trend in air quality particularly respirable air pollutant has shown remarkable improvement.
Despite pro-active efforts by various Government Authorities, the MoEF, GoI issued office memorandum dt. 13.1.2010 declared Ankleshwar, Vapi, Ahmedabad, Vatva, Bhavnagar and Junagadh as critically polluted areas among few others in the country. An appeal was made during various meetings organised with industries associations to industrialist to take necessary pollution control measures, adopt clean technology, reduce wastes or else face action.
Of course, MoEF issued revised order dated 15.3.02010 and declared Ankleshwar, Panoli, Vapi, Odhav, Naroda, Vatva, Narol industrial area, Chitra-Bhavnagar and few industrial pockets of Junagadh as critically polluted areas. Action Plans for each of these places are being prepared by the Board in consultation with F&ED, Govt. of Gujarat, CPCB - Delhi and MoEF, GoI in addition to other stackholders like the GIDC, GCPC and concerned industries associations / CETP operators.
Second round of departmental examinations were conducted as per GPCB (Recruitment) Rules, 2007. This has paved way for elevating few Class I, II & Class III employees to higher posts. This has further boost their morals, as they were awaiting their dues past many years. Mostly all officers and employees have passed their respective computer examination through State Government machinery.
The Board continued to organise awareness programmes including posters exhibitions, seminars in major towns and cities and addressed another area of environmental importance i.e. educating all concerned people including medical and para medical persons for effective implementation of Municipal solid wastes, Bio-medical Wastes, plastic wastes issues, noise pollutions, etc.
The Board through its the Regional Offices co-ordinated with the District Authorities and also participated in various District level programmes viz. District level mock drills, video conferences held by District administration, District Collectorates and Municipal Corporations, programmes of Nirmal Gujarat, Swarnim Gujarat, Vibrant Gujarat, Consumer Protection Committee. The Lok Darbars Gram Sabha meetings have also helped in addressing the Gram Sabha concerned of the public at large. The Board continued with the system of holding review meetings for expediting clearance of the application including the CCA-Consolidated Consent and Authorization.