Paradip, March 3 (LocalWire): A 11-member committee, under the aegis of the Collector was formed on Saturday to check environmental pollution here after several activists went on indefinite hunger strike.
Paradip Nagarika Manch activists led by its chairman-cum-environmentalist Ayaskant Ray had submitted a memorandum
to the chief minister, environment minister, Collector, SP and Pollution Control Board demanding planned measures to check pollution level in the port city.
When nothing improved even after the administration’s assurance, the activists went on an indefinite hunger strike in front of the regional office of the state Pollution Control Board.
To resolve the issues, Collector Guha Poonam expressed her concern over the environmental pollution in Paradip and suggested industrial units to take effective measures in a mechanized way to curb pollution in and around in Paradip.
She approved of the formation of the environmental committee under her chairmanship that includes the additional district magistrate, Paradip, the chairman of Paradip Port Trust and other senior management of IOCL, IFFCO, and PPL, chief district medical officer, divisional forest officer, Rajnagar, regional officer of the state PCB, assistant superintendent of police, Paradip, district horticulture officer and environmentalists.
‘The first meeting of the committee will be held after the end of the general elections. The committee will monitor plantation activities of different industries, cleaning of roads, uncovered cargo-loaded trucks and trains, measures to treat waste water and other measures to curb pollution in and around in Paradip,’ the regional officer of state PCB Ramesh Chandra Ekka said.