Pollution control board fined with Rs. 1 crore

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Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has been continuously claiming that Assam is becoming pollution-free State, but in reality pollution in Guwahati and other parts of the State has been continuously increasing.

Recently, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has expressed its anger on Assam government and Assam State Pollution Control Board for their reluctant effort to curb pollution in the State.

Earlier, the NGT had asked the Assam government and State Pollution Control Board to ensure scientific disposal of medical waste to prevent damage to the environment and the public health. But the concerned authorities had hardly done anything to control pollution.

Notably, the GMC dumping ground at Boragaon in Guwahati is playing an active role in polluting the environment in and around the area as it is being used to dump industrial, medical and household waste. The waste comprises junks and waste of industries and medicals including syringes, heavy metals, plastics, aluminum cans etc. These wastes, in turn, come into contact with the water of the Deepor Beel contaminating it and thereby infecting a wide variety of underwater flora and fauna. Due to which, the endangered birds of Deepor Beel have been adversely affected.

As State Pollution Control Board has completely failed to manage the bio-medical wastes in the State, the NGT has fined the board with Rs. 1 crore.

With inputs from Asomiya Pratidin
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