In remembrance of Bhopal Gas Tragedy’s (1984) victims and in solidarity with its survivors, the nation celebrates or rather mourns on the National Pollution Control Day, marking another anniversary of the tragic event which took place on 2nd December, 2020.
Apparently, 36 years after the disaster, we stand at a juncture of witnessing nearly a million deaths every year due to the high pollution levels in the country.
In view of Odisha, 6 cities of the state are among the 102 of India’s most polluted cities list.
Belpahar and Talcher’s air quality has been recorded as “unhealthy” by the IQ Air Statistics.
The excessive industrialization, vehicular movements and road dust have been marked as factors responsible for the polluted air in the state.
To ensure the revival of the polluted air, State Pollution Control Board of Odisha has imposed environmental compensations on brick kilns, hotels and stone crushers in case of operating beyond limitations.
Furthermore, the State Ambient Air Quality Network has setup 8 monitoring stations in residential as well as commercial areas of the state for planning preventive measures.
Odisha’s rich biodiversity helps in maintaining a sustainable ecological balance and as individuals, we must ensure it continues to do so.