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Pollution Control Boards of Odisha & Telangana ranked 1st in Transparency: CSE Report

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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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About Centre for Science & Environment (CSE)

Director General – Sunita Narain
Headquarters – New Delhi