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Environmental Compliance Centre to come up in West Bengal Print E-mail
Written by Viswanath   
Monday, 16 June 2008
Kolkata: The rapid industrialisation has exerted extra pressure on infrastructural facilities of human settlements manifesting in environmental problems, in terms of increased incidence of air, water, noise pollution and land degradation.

The concentration of industry in cities, with its increased scale degrades the environment around industrial areas. Industrialisation has spawned its own health problems. Modern stressors include noise, air, water pollution, poor nutrition, dangerous machinery, impersonal work, isolation, poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse.

Health problems in industrial nations are as much caused by economic, social, political, and cultural factors as by pathogens. Industrialisation has become a major medical issue world wide. There is a growing need of creating a balance between industrial development and the negative externalities produced by it.

In keeping with the state?s initiative on industrialisation, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised an Interactive Meet with the Member Secretary along with senior officials of West Bengal Pollution Control Board in Kolkata today to discuss various pollution related issues, and assist the industry in functioning better and cleaner in West Bengal.

In his deliberation, Mr. Sandipan Mukherjee, Member Secretary, West Bengal Pollution Control Board said that socio-economic progress can?t be separated from industrial progress. He stated that there is a need to keep a balance between social progress and the pollution we dump into the environment due to industrial progress. Mr. Mukherjee gave prime importance to Research and Development (R&D) in order to produce minimum amount of pollution. He said that industries must adopt the technologies that help in lowering the pollution level. Many of these technologies may be cost intensive, but in order to live green, we need to incur such costs. He said that an Environmental Compliance centre is under making in West Bengal. The centre would provide inputs to the industries and assist them in producing minimum pollution from their production processes. He avowed that the centre will be the first of its kind in India.

Dr. Dipak Chakraborty, Chief Scientist, West Bengal Pollution Control Board stated that WBPCB works through command and control system. However, the body also undertakes initiatives in building awareness among the stakeholders.

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