Andhra Pradesh

Pollution Control Board will be revamped: CM

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy at the Vanamahotsavam celebrations, at Dokiparru village in Guntur district on Saturday.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy at the Vanamahotsavam celebrations, at Dokiparru village in Guntur district on Saturday.  

‘There is a need to ensure that air, water and land are not polluted’

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has set the tone for making the State pollution-free by announcing a slew of measures.

“Our government will revamp the Pollution Control Board (PCB) and make sure that no industry is given permission unless it certifies that the industry does not emit any pollutants. We will welcome industries, but they need to take care of the emissions. For instance, I have come to know that a pharmaceutical industry emits 100 tonnes of pollutants, and only 30 tonnes are being treated. The remaining 70 tonnes are either being released into the air or let into the sea,” Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said at a public meeting after taking part in the Vanamahostvam programme organised in the Kondaveedu reserve forest area at Dokiparru village of Perecharla mandal in the district.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi’s words that “the world has enough for man’s needs but not enough for man’s greed,” the Chief Minister made an earnest appeal to make all efforts to protect planet earth and ensure that air, water and land were not polluted.

Plantation drive

Earlier, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said a target of planting 25 crore saplings in mission mode had been set as the State aimed at enhancing its green cover by 10% from the existing 25%.

The newly-recruited village volunteers will play a major role in distributing the saplings to various agencies. The Forest Department has plans to plant 13 crore saplings and the remaining will be planted by various line departments.

The Chief Minister said that out of the total geographical area of 37,258 square km, the forest cover was 23%. The State has 13 wild life sanctuaries, three national parks, two zoos and the biggest tiger reserve, Nagarjuna Sagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve. The National Tiger Conservative Authority assessment during the last five years has shown that the tiger population in the State has gone up by six from the existing 42.

Citing a remark made by Magsaysay award winnerP. Sainath, he said it was essential to ensure green cover throughout the year, or else many regions in the State would turn into deserts.

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