Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Critically Polluted Industrial Clusters of Punjab

INVC,, Delhi,, Two industrial clusters-Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh in Punjab fall under critically polluted areas and two industrial clusters - Batala and Jalandhar fall under seriously polluted areas. The Ministry has adopted a Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI) system of environmental assessment of the 88 Industrial Clusters, evolved by the Central Pollution Control Board in collaboration with the IIT, Delhi. On the CEPI scale, 10 industrial clusters (CEPI>80) have been identified to be alarmingly polluted, 33 critically polluted (70-80), 32 seriously polluted (60-70) and 10 clusters (50-60) fall in the warning zone. According to CEPI scale ,Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh clusters have CEPIs 81.66 and 75.08 respectively and Batala and Jalandhar have CEPI 68.59 and 64.98 respectively. Action Plans for restoration of environmental quality for Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh have been prepared by the Punjab Pollution Control Board. On the CEPI scale, 43 industrial clusters (CEPI scores>70) out of 88 industrial clusters have been identified to be critically polluted areas.

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