The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) now has an environmental laboratory equipped to test a range of parameters to gauge the condition of the environment.
Director-General of TERI R.K. Pachauri, who inaugurated the centre, said that it would support the organisation's in-house research and also assist in the environmental monitoring of Bangalore, a city that is witnessing massive expansion.
The lab contains analytical and advanced monitoring equipment to analyse ambient and indoor air quality, water, waste water and soil samples for the presence of heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants.
Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath said that at this time of energy crisis, Bangalore must strive to ensure that its ‘landmark' buildings turn eco-friendly. “We have a policy to make government buildings environmentally friendly. Perhaps we should extend that concept to all prominent buildings.” He added that several green-standard buildings — airports and hotels included — around the country could be emulated, such as Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport or the Raintree Hotel in Chennai.
‘Need of the hour'
Chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board A.S. Sadashivaiah said that environmental laboratories were “the need of the hour” for the city.