Clean environment is a fundamental necessity for human wellbeing and sustenance of life. Pollution from anthropogenic activities not only impacts human health but also irreversibly damages ecosystems, degrades cultural heritage and agricultural productivity.

As an organization committed to preserve wholesomeness of air and water in the country, I want to share with you our accomplishments and aspirations for the future.

It’s been almost five decades since establishment that CPCB is working for environmental protection in the country by laying down standards for ambient air quality, water quality criteria, performing river basin studies and multi-city source apportionment studies, publishing technical reports, charters, frameworks and guidelines.

While, industries and commercial activities are crucial for economic development, the growth should be in a sustainable and ecofriendly manner. CPCB has developed and continually reviewed standards, guidelines and protocols for various industrial sectors to ensure that under a certain operation conditions the discharge doesn’t exceed the set values attainable with available pollution control technologies. Through, a regulatory framework including robust real time surveillance network, it is ensured that environmental regulations are complied and sustainable growth prevails.

As we are entering a new phase of more challenging times, responsibility of guiding holistic waste management in the country is extremely important in sustainability drive. CPCB has been closely guiding and supervising implementation of Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, E- Waste (Management) Amendment Rules, 2018, Bio-Medical Waste Management (Second Amendment) Rules, 2019, Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016 and Hazardous and other Wastes (Management & Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016.

People’s participation is essential to protect the environment around us. We need to follow the cardinal principles of reduce, reuse and recycle in order to minimize the waste. We need to work together towards adopting, promoting and maintaining a plastic free lifestyle and ensure that no non-biodegradable and non-compostable material enters the environment. Thus, the only way forward, is work together to safeguard the environment and leave a better planet for future generations.

Shiv Das Meena


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