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  1. Hello, i stay in residential area in my own flat beside of society building one small scale unit of stone cutting factory her NOISE is very caressive and loud which disturb all family members and society members life i say her time to time but he not response us pl suggest mi where i complain against
  2. roshanagarwal891

    noise pollution

    Hello, we are facing with noise pollution problem in our locality their is a illegal silver worque making shops this people make very loude sound from to late in the night this sound is very unbearable , i hape comlaint in all department but no one is taking action against this people, now what should i do?
  3. Hello, I want to know what is the plan of the government to keep check on all the buses and tempos running around the city spitting hell of smoke. The buses and tempos and autos are years old, they use sub standard oils, dont repiar/service their vehicles and are the main cause of pollution in the cities.
  4. Dear Members of this August Forum & all Info Warriors, I had sought the following information from Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Gurgaon under RTI about NOC granted, cancelled, show cause notice issued and action taken against top twenty polluting units of District Gurgaon,of Air Act aw well as Water Act. I also sought information under RTI Act 2005 about inspection carried out on these units by HSPCB, inspection report, action taken report and units sealed by HSPCB during last five years for violations of Air & Water Act(Copy of RTI Application enclosed) The SPIO cum Regional Officer of HSPCB, Gurgaon asked for Rs 10000/- being the cost of extra documents (5000 numbers) (Copy of R O HSPCB Gurgaon enclosed)to partly supply the information. I challenged this unreasonable demand of SPIO cum R O HSPCB before Hon'ble SIC, Haryana under Section 19(3) of RTI Act 2005 as per Section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act 2005 this information should be on HSPCB web-site. The Hon'ble Mr.Shiv Raman Gaur (IAS), State Information Commissioner, Haryana heard the matter for an hour and in its unprecedented order directed the HSPCB Gurgaon as well as HSPCB, Haryana under Section 25(5) of RTI Act 2005 to put the information in public domain for units, no of Polluting units, information regarding Pollution checks, defaulting units, standards/ bench marks for Pollution Control. The list is illustrative only. The Commission directed the SPIOs to complete this exercise within next 6 months positively from the receipt of this order and send a compliance report to the Commission. Meanwhile, the Commission also directed U/s 25(5) of the RTI Act 2005, the Pollution Control Board and department of Environment to replicate the Gurgaon Model and put as much information as possible for the benefit Of citizens at large in other parts of Haryana. on its web-site within six months. The information to be uploaded on its web-site includes last five years information also.This is a revolutionary order. This is called the following of RTI Act 2005 in letter & spirits. (Copy of Hon'ble SIC order enclosed) The advantage of this order would be that now the citizens do not have to file RTI applications AND any citizen by click of a button would know the name of polluting industries/units and action taken against these delinquent firms. This will help in bringing transparency. Thanks for your time. Harinder Dhingra Scan_Doc0003.pdf
  5. [h=1]Pollution control panel clueless about illegal water packaging units in Delhi[/h] There are nearly 64 water packaging units operating in Delhi, many of them allegedly extracting groundwater, even as the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has no statistics of such units. The list of water packaging units across India with BIS licence in 2014 shows 64 such units in Delhi. However, an RTI response from DPCC revealed that the Committee does not have the data on such units even as it goes on to claim in another response that it is the agency that acts against units operating without consent under the Air and the Water Act. Environmental activist Vikrant Tongad had filed an RTI application with the DPCC seeking information on the total number of water packaging units in Delhi and how many of them were using groundwater. He had also sought information on units operating without proper consent under the environmental laws. The DPCC then replied that the data is not available. Not satisfied with the reply, Mr. Tongad checked the BIS website which clearly showed 64 such units in Delhi. Thereafter, he wrote to the Lieutenant-Governor complaining about how the DPCC did not have any data on the matter. He also sought inquiry against various small mineral water supplying agencies and packaged water units running without consent and extracting groundwater even as many areas in Delhi have been notified as over-exploited. “The DPCC’s attitude is extremely disappointing. Its officials should be acted against,” Mr. Tongad had said in the complaint. After the complaint, the DPCC supplied information about five water packaging units against which it has acted on public complaints for operating in non-conforming areas, while citing a Supreme Court order. It is to be noted that the units under DPCC’s scanner hold a BIS licence, said Mr. Tongad. “It is shocking to learn that DPCC does not have any data or statistics on such water packaging units. Who knows they are extracting groundwater or using tankers. And how is DPCC expected to act against any unit flouting the norms when it does not have the relevant data,” he added. “The irony is that the DPCC, on the one hand says it does not have statistics on the total number of water packaging units in the city. On the other hand it claims authority for acting against units operating without consent. Is it relying on public complaints?” said Mr. Tongad. DPCC could not be reached for comments. Read More: Pollution control panel clueless about illegal water packaging units in Delhi - The Hindu
  6. Hi, Any person who is riding a vehicle without a pollution certificate is being fine exorbitantly. Why is the general public asked to spend Rs 35 every three months for obtaining a pollution certificate?. I do understand the seriousness the government is showing to protect the environment but it is being misused by the police to obtain bribes. Even after the EURO norms are being followed by the manufacturers it is sad to know that the Public is asked to obtain a PUC every three months after the 1st year. I am not sure how much the government is able to reduce the pollution with this certification. It would be useful if government provides statistics of the number of vehicles detained or abandoned for violating the pollution norms. I still see many trucks and heavy vehicles polluting the roads but it is always the 2 wheeler public who bear the brunt of the fines. Thanks, Vamsee
  7. vamsynkrishna

    Our earth...Our care

    Hi friends, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxNjJuEnY30 This video is our first production under our ngo UVF. Please dont try to think about what we can do, the needed actions are very minor like switching off the electrical appliances when not needed without fail, take a walk instead kicking the gear for small distances, prefer public transport vehicles whenever possible, stop using plasrtic bags, and many more in our routine life. If we consider it as an important thing, we will have an automatic remainder in our heart alerting us to do our part. And also, ofcourse we can do more than these, if you really care that our hard-earned should reach to our future generations and that they should be able to enjoy it! Please dont expect me to tell about those things also!
  8. On 29 Dec 2011 I had requested for some information for the period between 01 Jan 2010 and 15 Dec 2011 under the provisions of Right to Information Act 2005 from the office of Lt. Governor Delhi . Lt Governor's Secretariat transferred my application to The PIO, Transport Department, Delhi under Section 6(3) of RTI Act on 05 Jan 2012. PIO of Transport Department, Delhi on 12 Jan 2012 further transferred my RTI application to PIO Traffic Hq Delhi Traffic Police without providing answer to any of my RTI queries. Want the members of this forum to help me in knowing that how many times can an application be forwarded to various PIOs without answering to any query at all and who will decide on the accountability of PIO who is supposed to provide the reply. The following questions were asked in my application i. Please supply the details on the number of enforcement teams Delhi Transport Department/Delhi Traffic Police presently has to check the polluting vehicles, along with the number of staff specified in each team. ii. Please supply the powers and duties and the lowest rank of Transport Department personnel/Delhi Traffic Police personnel assigned to check and prosecute polluting vehicles on roads. iii. Please provide the total number of pollution checking equipment held with Transport Department Delhi and Delhi Traffic Police separately and how many of these are functional as on date. iv. How many of these pollution checking equipment of Transport Department and DTP are being kept and operated in an airconditioned environment please provide details with respect to both stationery and mobile equipment also give details of authority responsible for keeping and maintaining of these equipment. v. Provide separate details with respect to number of anti pollution drives carried out by Transport Department and Delhi Traffic Police separately during the above period and the number of vehicles prosecuted/challaned. vi. Please give details of number of functional breath analyzers and speed checking guns/cameras available with Delhi Traffic Police. Have these equipment been caliberated and certified by any independent Indian Government recognized quality assurance agency viz BIS/ISI, if yes please provide details thereof and if not what is the basis for the correctness of reading shown in them which forms the very basis of prosecution of vehicle drivers. vii. Section, 202 MVA empowers the police to arrest without warrant, persons committing offences such as drunken driving and such person who after committing an offence punishable under the MVA refuses to give his name and address etc. - with the provision that any person so arrested in connection with an offence under section 185 (drunken driving) shall, within two hours of his arrest, be subjected to a medical examination referred to in section 203 and 204 MVA by a medical practitioner; failing which he shall be released from custody. How many of those challaned/prosecuted and DL suspended during the above period of DTP's drive against Drunken Driving were subjected to this mandatory medical examination. Please provide details of number of cases in the above period wherein there was a variation in the results of breath analyzer test and actual blood/urine test with result of later coming in negative. viii. Please provide details of total fleet strength of buses that DTC/DIMTS are running in Delhi, how many of these buses are fitted with functional speed governors. Please give details of action taken against those depot managers whose buses don’t have functional speed governors during the above period. ix. Please provide details of optimal operating temperature range for breath analysers being used by Delhi Traffic Police. How many of breath analysers being presently used DTP have outlived their expected working life.
  9. As reported in dnaindia.com on 01 Oct 2011: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_reveal-details-of-polluting-units-cic_1593608 Reveal details of polluting units: CIC Pulling up the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for not pro-actively disclosing information as mandated under the RTI Act 2005, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked it to make public action taken, including notices served, against industries that are not complying with the environmental standards. The direction came on an application of Delhi-based Ankur Goyal who had primarily sought information regarding industries - inspected by CPCB - which were discharging effluents directly into River Ganga among other information. But when he didn’t get a satisfactory reply, he approached the Commission. CIC asked CPCB to publish on their website details of “action taken on non-complying industries, including notice(s) served to them” and also the “directions given to states and industries” by November 1.
  10. Sir/Madam/Friends, Kindly help me to frame questions that I can ask to State pollution Control board.. In its failing duty to check pollution from Industries and Vehicles.. Pls give me some important clues question from that I can pressure SPCB to act on voilator's.
  11. Most effluent plants in state are totally ineffective: Study as reported by Paul John in Times of India, TNN, Jun 5, 2010, AHMEDABAD: In the latest survey by Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) it has come to light that just five of the 26 central effluent treatment plants (CETPs) in 35 industrial clusters spread across 400 kilometres of Gujarat’s golden corridor have required efficiency. This has come as a major embarrassment to the state government. A detailed investigation by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and GPCB has revealed that the CETPs, which were supposed to treat chemical water and then release them into water bodies, were in fact causing more harm to the natural environment. The report was procured under the RTI. “In case of discharge into the Sabarmati at Vatva, CPCB found that the chemical oxygen demand (COD) was 879% more than the norms. At Odhav COD was 2,926% more than acceptable levels, at Naroda the effluent discharge was found to be 988% more. Also ammonical nitrogen values were found to be 380% higher than acceptable standards. This is a crude joke that the state government is playing with the lives of the people,” says Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti member Rohit Prajapati. The effluent channel project around Vadodara were found to be dumping toxic chemicals into Mahi river and the Gulf of Cambay that was 15 times more polluted than the accepted norms. The project is supposed to treat industrial waste and reduce pollution levels to acceptable levels before releasing it into Arabian Sea. Source : Most effluent plants in state are totally ineffective: Study - Ahmedabad - City - The Times of India
  12. arunkmr


    dear sir im arun, living at bhavanisagar near sathyamangalam in tamilnadu state. in my hometown more than 10 paper mills are there. they are illegally burning tons of waste materials. i think it will become a polution problem. what can i do. shall i complaint with any polution control board. pls reply me. thanks & regards arunkumar
  13. As reported by Debabrata Mohanty at indianexpress.com on Nov 14, 2009 Bhubaneswar : While Orissa vigilance sleuths and mines department officials are scratching their heads trying to find out the extent and dimensions of the mining scam, official documents reveal that the magnitude of the scam could be anything over Rs 14000 crore. The Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court headed by former bureaucrat PV Jayakrishnan would soon start investigating the violation of forest laws following a petition by Orissa-based journalist Rabi Das. However, CEC chairman Jayakrishnan said the panel has not got the formal notification of the probe order as yet. "We will decide about the modalities of the probe and the dates after we see the notification," he told The Indian Express. But the fact is that the scam goes beyond violation of forest laws only. Evidence available with The Indian Express shows the real scam was mining in excess of the limits set by the authorities. This violated the existing environmental laws. Documents brought under the RTI Act showed that over last 6-7 years more than dozen leading mining and steel companies dug out excessive quantities of iron, chromite and manganese ores in wanton disregard of existing laws and limits. It’s no secret they could do it due to lax supervision of officials of the Orissa Pollution Control Board, Indian Bureau of Mines, state mines department, forest department, district collector and Ministry of Environment and Forests. Any mining company before digging up even a handful of earth in the ore-rich areas has to obtain a Consent to Operate (CTO) certificate from the Orissa Pollution Control Board which stipulates the amount of ore that can be mined in a year. The limit is specified with an eye on collateral environmental damage that mining brings as the waste and overburden (the earth that needs to be excavated for extracting the ore) is normally 3-5 times of the actual mineral. When environmental clearance is granted to any mine, the maximum amount of ore which can be mined per year is specified. The quantity of ore that is to be extracted every year is specified in the mining plan which is approved by the IBM. Accordingly, when the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study is carried out the likely impacts on the local environment are assessed based on the quantity of ore to be extracted every year. Documents obtained from the Orissa Pollution Control Board and interviews with officials in the State mining department show that the biggest violator could be Aditya Birla Group-owned Essel Mining and Industries Limited. Between 2001-02 and 2005-06, the company mined 206 lakh tonnes of iron ore in excess of its permitted limit of 25.86 lakh tonnes in just 2 mines(Kasia and Jiling-Longalata) of Keonjhar district. By conservative estimates, the total amount of the excess iron ore mined was Rs 4269 crores. Essel Mining seemed to care two hoots about possible closure of the mines for violation of the OPCB norms. Though a closure notice was issued by the OPCB’s regional office in Keonjhar district on January 24, 2006 for violating the conditions and running two screening plants inside the forest area without mandatory environmental clearance, it did not shut shop. The OPCB also did not press further and did not close the mines. Ardhendu Mohapatra, the chief residential manager of Essel Mining in Orissa said he was not authorized to comment but added that the company had all the statutory clearances in places. “We have not violated any laws,” he said. Another major player, SR Rungta Group similarly mined iron ore and manganese in excess of the limit they were allowed by the OPCB. By conservative estimates, the total amount of the excess iron ore mined by the group companies between 2003 and 2006 in 6 of its mines was Rs 2978 crores. Like Essel Mining, Rungta Mines was also not shut in spite of OPCB norm violations. On Dec 18, 2006, the Ministry of Environment and Forests informed the Orissa government about illegal/excessive extraction of iron ore in 6 mines of Rungtas. A designated committee of the OPCB had also found that excess mining was going on and had ordered closure of at least two mines on March 1, 2007. But the OPCB Chairman at Bhubaneswar did not issue the closure order. None of the officials of Rungta were available for comment. Similarly, documents revealed that the Thakurani B mines owned by SL Sarda and ML Sarda in Keonjhar with a controlling interest by Jindal Steel and Power Limited mined iron ores in excess of the specified limit worth Rs 1850 crore. Evidence shows that Tata Steel, which has chromite and iron ore mines in Sukinda(Jajpur district) and Joda East (Keonjhar) respectively mined ores worth Rs 1200 crore between 2004-05 and 2007-08. Even the IMFA group promoted by BJD MP Jay Panda, mined excess chromite ore worth Rs 50 crore in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Officials of Tata Steel and IMFA denied that the companies had violated any provisions of mining and environmental laws. It appears that even the government companies are no holy saints since Orissa Mining Corporation was found to have mined 9.63 lakh tonnes of excess chromite from its South Kaliapani mines in Jajpur district. During the period between 2004 and 2008, the market value of the excess ore is estimated at Rs 105 crore. Incredibly OPCB suddenly raised the limits of ore production of the companies in a subsequent year even though the company had violated the consent to operate conditions in the past. No penal action was taken against them. It also appears that OPCB officials never applied their mind to assess the disastrous effects on the local environment by allowing companies to increase their production by 10-20 times from the previous levels. Orissa steel and mines secretary Ashok Dalwai said he was not aware if excess mining has taken place in Keonjhar and Sundargarh districts. “It has not been proved as yet whether excess mining took place. But we have to verify case by case and see if the companies had got their mining plans modified by the Indian Bureau of Mines. But we are looking into more important facts of the case,” said Dalwai. This is surprising since the field inspection reports of the Pollution Control Board clearly pointed out the huge scam which was going on right under every body’s nose. Clearly the Mining Department and the Pollution Control Board did not exchange information. LN Patnaik, who headed the Orissa Pollution Control Board between 2004 and 2008 (when some of the excess mining happened) said he does not remember what happened during those period. “It (excess mining) may be possible, but under what circumstances it happened I can’t say,” he said. Meanwhile the director of Orissa vigilance, Anup Patnaik said the agency would take several months before it can file a chargesheet. “We are still assessing the magnitude of the scam. So far we have lodged 3 cases and may lodge more in the coming days. We will not spare anybody whosoever is involved in the scam,” said Patnaik. Source: Orissa mine scam could be worth more than Rs 14k cr
  14. Plastic carry bags/cups are non biodegradable.Why pollution control boards give consent to factories to manufacture these items. Without the cosent of PCB no factory gets Licence from Factory Inspectorate.What is the legal power of PCB ? Why plastic items are allowed to manufacture and advised to avoid the usage of such items?Will PCB answer my question?
  15. New cars pollute more than old ones: Study As Reported in Times of India, 2 Jun 2008, 0000 hrs IST,TNN In a complete reversal of international trends, new cars in India are spewing more greenhouse gasses than older models, pushing up emissions in Delhi alone by 72% in five years (2002-07), the Centre for Science and Environment said on Monday, releasing its analysis of emissions data accessed from the Automotive Research Association of India. Emissions from two-wheelers in the same period, in comparison, have gone up by 61%, the analysis said. For the consumer, this might be a pointer to deteriorating fuel efficiency of new cars as well — emissions of carbon-dioxide are closely linked to the fuel efficiency of vehicles. The ARAI had clubbed data of vehicles of different periods that CSE accessed. The cars and two-wheelers had been classified into groups ranging from 1991-96, 1996-2000, post 2000 and post 2005. The post 2000 petrol cars, with engine size more than 1,400 cc, emit 143 gm/km of CO2. In comparison, post 2005 models of same engine size emit 173 gm/km, CSE said. Extrapolating the emission statistics for fuel efficiency, CSE said the figures implied that fuel economy had dropped in these cars from 16 km/litre to 13 km/litre. But Anumita Roychowdhury, of CSE's Right to Clean Air Campaign, said, "This data is extrapolation... The ministry of surface transport has refused to share actual data." Auto manufacturers share fuel economy data for car models at the time of certification of new vehicles with the government. "But the ministry withheld this information under the Right to Information Act, calling it of commercial importance and third party information. This data is routinely published in other countries to help consumers select fuel efficient vehicles and help governments set up fuel economy standards," she added. "At a time when we are talking of an oil crisis, it is callous for the government and industry to not even share data on fuel efficiency with the public," said Roychowdhury.
  16. Hi fellow Indians, I live in Ulhasnagar City which falls under Thane District, Maharashtra. Our city relies heavily on Auto-Rickshaws for commuting to the various parts of the city. As a result there has been a huge surge in the number of Auto-Rickshaws in Ulhasnagar. We in Ulhasnagar are now faced with a huge problem of traffic across the city and most importantly THE ADDED AMOUNT OF SMOKE EMITED BY THESE AUTO-RICKSHAWS. I myself have an "Honda Activa" and while driving it across the city, I have been noticing since last few months that almost all of the Auto-Rickshaws in our city emit smoke (Dark Black or Grey in Colour) in excess of statutory limits which is very harmful to the health of people driving behind the auto-rickshaw and most importantly it causes heavy air pollution in an already congested city. One need not be a rocket scientist to come to the conclusion that these auto-rickshaws have been flouting the PUC norms since years in our city. Now I want to use RTI to get information from the Regional Transport Office incharge of looking after pollution control. I have certain queries regarding the same, it would be very kind if you people can help me out: Q1) I have been told that Maharashtra Govt. has enacted a special format for submitting an RTI Application in Maharashtra, so if anyone has it kindly let me know. Q2) I am not sure to whom should I address (Which PIO?) the RTI Application and where should i submit it (Which RTO office?) Q3) I have drafted some questions, help me ask more of them - What are the registered number of auto-rickshaws in Ulhasnagar as of 1st January, 2008? - How many police constables have been assigned the duty of handling and monitoring road traffic in Ulhasnagar? - How many auto-rickshaws have been found violating the Pollution Under Control (PUC) norms in the year 2007-08? - What action has been taken against these auto-rickshaws not complying the Pollution Under Control (PUC) norms? - What is the amount of fine collected from these auto-rickshaws for violating Pollution Under Control (PUC) norms? - What steps are being taken by the Regional Transport Office to prevent violation of Pollution Under Control (PUC) Norms by auto-rickshaws in Ulhasnagar? =========================================== Many more questions can be asked from the RTO regarding the said matter. I humbly request all of you to suggest other questions as you may deem fit and also suggest rectifications, if any, for the questions I have laid down above. hoping for favorable reply. Thanks.
  17. Vehicles of Punjab MLA's san pollution certificates NAWANSHEHAR: The elected repersentatives of people who sit in Punjab Vidhan Sabha to draft rules for citizens, themselves violate the laws as far as obtaining pollution certificates for vehicles allotted to them is concerned. According to the Nawanshahr-based organisation, Human Empowerment League of Punjab (HELP), the answer is perhaps a big "no". None of the 185 vehicles of Punjab Vidhan Sabha had pollution certificates as on August 20 this year. Under the RTI Act, the HELP had sought information regarding insurance and pollution certificates of these vehicles. These certificates should have been valid on August 7, 2007, the date on which HELP had sought this information from the State Transport Department. Interestingly, according to HELP activists Gurvir Singh, Deepak Bali and Parvinder Singh Kittna their endeavour to seek these certificates forced the state transport authorities not only to ask the drivers of these vehicles to procure and submit the pollution certificates but also resulted in asking the accounts department to withheld the salaries of the drivers who fail to comply with the orders. As per the observations of the HELP activists, the senior officials of the government also appear to be least bothered about these concerns. "Not only this, even after a notice by the State Information Commission, Punjab, the state Transport Department was able to provide copies of pollution certificates of only 58 vehicles. There is no information about the pollution status of the remaining 127 vehicles," maintains Kittna who reveals that 57 of these 58 certificates were issued after August 20, 2007. The pollution certificate of the vehicle PB-12E-1045 had expired on January 19 this year. Regarding insurance of government vehicles, as per Kittna, the transport department maintains that the same has been waived off under Section 146 of Motors Vehicles Act, 1988. PunjabNewsline.com - Vehicles of Punjab MLA's san pollution certificates
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