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4 towns in Odisha highly polluted: Minister

Posted on Dec 19, 07:38AM | UNI

The industrial area of Paradeep, Talcher, Angul and Rourkela were highly polluted, Odisha Minister for Forest and Environment Bijoyshree Routray told the state Assembly today.

Replying to a question of Mr Karendra Majhi (BJP), the minister said the government was monitoring the pollution level online had chalked out a comprehensive action plan to prevent it.

A coal corridor was being set up to check the pollution, he said.

Replying to a supplementaries, the Minister said as per an estimation made by Odisha State Pollution Control Board, the air in these area was being polluted mainly due to suspended particulate matter and Respirable Particulate matter.

Mr Routray said as per the Board the presence of the sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and carbon oxide in the air in these area was much below the prescribed limit.

Still the government, he said, had taken a series of steps as a preventive measure and directed the thermal power plants to install Flue gas desulphurisation plant and low box burner.

The smelter plants were also asked to use pre-bake centre work technology, instal dry scrubbing system and set up fume treatment plant.

Similarly, the phosphate fertiliser plants were asked to adopt double conversion double absorption technology, instal mist eliminator Aklai scrubber and fume scrubber to check pollution.

The government, the minister said had asked the industries to use the CO and Hydro carbon emitted from blast furnace and coke over as alternative fuel for generation of power.

Replying to another supplementary, the minister said, the Union government had held up Rs 3600 crore due to the state under Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Athority (CAMPA) fund for undertaking plantation in the industrial belt.

But despite this the the state government had utilised Rs five crore for planting of trees and asked the industrial units to undertake plantation in their respective areas.