The State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) of Odisha and Telangana have been ranked 1st in The Transparency Index:Rating of Pollution Control Boards on Public Disclosure report released by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a Delhi based non-profit Organisation.
- The report aims to encourage SPCBs/PCCs to disclose their information in the public domain.
- It is based on 25 indicators of the data disclosure performance of 29 SPCBs and 6 Pollution Control Commitee’s (PCCs) from across India during the period of 2016-2021.
- Only 17 SPCBs and PCCs have scored 50% or above in Transparency. They are Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.
|Rank||List Of SPCB||(%) of Transparency|
|1.||Odisha State Pollution Control Board||67|
|1.||Telangana State Pollution Control Board||67|
|2.||Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board||65.5|
|3.||Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board||64|
Key findings of the report:
i.Limited data on Current Pollution levels- Data indicating the current pollution levels like air pollutants, waste etc are missing.
- Only 19 SPCBs/PCCs are displaying their Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS) data
- Laxity in sharing information on Solid Waste: 14 SPCBs/PCCs do not share any information on municipal waste generation; 11 on plastic waste generation; 10 on hazardous waste; and 9 on e-waste.
ii.Details from public hearings provided only by 9 SPCBs/PCCs.
iii.Only 12 states have shared their latest annual report on their websites: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Tripura , West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu
iv.Inspection & compliance reports: In the annual reports, only Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have shared information on the inspection conducted by the pollution control boards.
- Haryana and Karnataka are the only places to have shared information on compliance status of industries in their reports.
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