Two ponds installed for idol immersion, steps being taken to clean the water: Pollution Board

Two ponds installed for idol immersion, steps being taken to clean the water: Pollution Board

Kolkata: The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB), as part of its measures to curb river water pollution, has immersed two ponds here after Durga Puja and Diwali, and has put in place a mechanism to clean the reservoirs. The ritual is celebrated.
Chairman of the board Kalyan Rudra said that similar initiatives are taken every year for idol immersion in the Ganges and other rivers in the state, where the board, along with civic bodies, makes necessary arrangements to reduce water pollution.
Rudra said in a press conference, “Two large ponds have been marked at Lacketown and Dum Dum, where synthetic liners will be used to pull sculptures, accessories and flowers. The idea was initially adopted by the Newtown Kolkata Development Authority. ” see you on Wednesday.
WBPCB will also monitor Quality Water in the Ganges in three phases – pre-immersion, immersion and immersion – to find out if the project was effective enough to prevent pollution, and what else could be done in this regard, its chairman said.
Rudra further said that the board’s helpline service has been upgraded, and people can lodge complaints about violation of environmental norms round the clock.
Rudra said pollution monitors would monitor air quality from Diwali to March next year.
“We are setting up 58 new monitoring stations across the state to keep a tab on air quality. There will be two such stations in each district.
He said, “Due to lack of space in congested areas, we asked educational institutions, including universities, to allocate space to set up such stations, and they were obliged. At least 20 percent of the stations were installed in universities Are, “he said.
Asked if there was any link between air pollution due to fireworks and the spread of COVID-19, Rudra said that no scientific studies have been done so far on the disease, but no such relationship was found between the two But he said that he would consult the experts of IIT-Delhi. matter.
“We are already examining the effects of burning crop residues through satellite imaging in collaboration with IIT-Delhi. A similar approach can be adopted during Diwali,” he said, adding that the board is harmful But will continuously campaign to create awareness. Effect of fireworks in up for the festival.

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