In order to tackle the growing issues of environmental pollution in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, the state’s Pollution Control Board is planning to introduce environmental management plans for all the districts. The responsibility of planning the scheme has been given to the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment, Kosi-Katarmal, Almora. For every district, a framework is to be prepared, keeping in mind a base of 14 key points. It will include water quality, air quality, waste management and other such factors.

SP. Subudhi, Member Secretary, Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board informed that for the project a proposal of Rs. 1.42 crore has been prepared by the Institute. The plan will also take into account the challenge of growing bio-medical waste in various districts of the state.

A district-level committee will also be formed under the chairmanship of DM. A round of consultations and workshops will soon begin to finalize the district plans on environmental management.

(By: Krishna Singh)

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