Q-39. How does GPCB ensure that Municipalities are discharging their role about pollution control ?
A. Sewage Treatment Plants and Solid Waste Disposal Facilities have to obtain the Consent/Authorization of the Board and the local bodies are mandated to run them according to the conditions laid down in Consent/Authorization.
Q-40. A few river stretches are polluted. What is the reason ?
A. The reason for pollution of river stretches is illegal discharge into the rivers.
Q-41. Is any planning done for remediation of polluted river stretches?
A. Yes. GPCB has monitored these river stretches and identified the reasons river-wise. An Action Plan is being prepared for remediation and implementation thereof will start very quickly. For cleaning of Sabarmati river, Government of India has sanctioned a scheme under the National River Action Plan.
Q-42. Is there any planning for controlling air pollution ?
A. Yes. Action Plans have been prepared and put in operation for controlling the air pollution of the cities like Ahmedabad, Vapi, Ankleshwar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Gandhinagar.
Q-43. GPCB,s Charter speaks about transforming itself to a "Knowledge based Organization". What is being done in this regard?
A. GPCB has taken the following initiatives in order to make GPCB a "Knowledge based Organization":
(a) Setting up of a Journal Club.
(b) Setting up of an Expert Group to advise GPCB to identify the advances in critical industrial sectors and also suggest the pro-active and curative measures to prevent and mitigate adverse impact on environment.
(c) Skill upgradation Programme: The skill upgradation programme aims at improving the skill of the technical and scientific personnel by indepth study of the major areas, preparation of theme papers and discussion to finalize and translate the findings into action.
(d) Capacity Building Programme: Capacity Building Programme aims at the enhancement of all round managerial and technical capacities of the officers.
(e) Task Force: A Task Force has been set up to identify the problems coming in the way of implementation of the Bio-medical Wastes Rules and to secure implementation of the law in a time bound manner.
(f) Under the Annual Action Plan of GPCB, industries specific seminars are organized for updating the knowledge of environment protection and pollution control of those industries and to work out and implement solutions.
(g) Upgradation of Library.
(h) Providing Internet facility to all to tap the state of art knowledge on different subjects.
Q-44. What is the strength of Technical and Scientific personnel in GPCB?
A. About 180.
|Q-45. Has GPCB any plan to involve people in better control of pollution?|
|A. Yes. GPCB undertakes a variety of programmes for involving people across various groups like NGOs, National Green Cores, Eco Clubs, Schools, Colleges, Industries Associations and also by giving press notes and paid advertisements in the news papers to sensitize all concerned. Public Hearings for Environmental Clearance provides an open stage for people's involvement in project clearance.|