STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Chairman, J&K State Pollution Control Board (PCB), Suresh Kumar Chugh, on Wednesday chaired the 34th Board meeting.
The meeting was attended by the Board Members and their representatives, who gave their valuable suggestions.
Some of the Kashmir based members attended the meeting through Video Conferencing. The Annual Consent Budget for the financial year 2020-21 was approved by the Board.
The board members were apprised that for the first time in J&K, a Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (CAAQMS) has been installed in Srinagar and shall be commissioned shortly.
In a major initiative, the Board also approved the procurement of two more CAAQMS in Jammu Province, one each at Jammu and Kathua.
In another land mark decision, the Board approved the Plan for Re-organization of the PCB with Zero Financial Implications to be submitted to the government for final approval.
This shall enhance efficiency in working of the Board, besides safeguarding the interest of career progression of its employees.
The Board also approved the revised Consent Fee Structure for sand and river bed mining.
The Board also decided to acknowledge and felicitate two environmentally compliant industries units, one each in Red and Orange Category for adoption of ‘Best Practices’ to Control Pollution Emissions’ on 2nd of December every year i.e. National Pollution Control Day.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Neelu Gera, Director, Environment, Ecology and Remote Sensing, Avny Lavasa, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Pradeep Kumar, Transport Commissioner, Mohd Harun, Managing Director, SIDCO, Shafat Sultan, Managing Director, Horticulture Product and Marketing Corporation, Tariq Ahmad, Special Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department, Deep Raj, Addl Secretary, Forests & Environment Department, Dr. R.S Sharma, Addl Secretary, Housing & Urban Dev. Department, Atul Sharma, Managing Director, SICOP and Dr. L.M Gupta, Prof. & Head, Deptt of Agro Forestry, SKUAST, Jammu. Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Director, Fisheries.
Member Secretary, B.M Sharma presented vote of thanks.