Fully functional MPCB by March, curb on diesel auto soon

All necessary infrastructure and equipment at Manipur Pollution Control Board (MPCB), which has been set up to check and control contamination of air and water, noise pollution and other forms of pollutions in the state, would be made available and made functional by March, MPCB chairman MLA L Radhakishore has assured.

The MLA was speaking to media persons Wednesday on the sidelines of an inspection visit to the office of MPCB at Lamphel DC Complex where he took stock of existing condition. The MLA was accompanied by officials of the board and other scientists.

Radhakishore said that like many other departments where works have been taken up on war footing under the able leadership of chief minister N Biren, necessary steps have been taken up to make MPCB worthwhile institute. Officials of companies concerned are being called in to check the condition of various machines installed. Processes are also on to acquire requisite equipment and recruit necessary staff.

He further informed that the board is presently studying process of the potable water being supplied to the public by the PHE department. During the inspection of the water provided from the Porompat Water Supply plant, it has been found that the water contains high level of calcium than the permissible limit.

JNIMS water treatment plant assistant technician Dr S Arunkumar, who is presently engaged at MPCB, informed that the water sample collected from Porompat Water Supply plant in September was found to contain calcium at the level of 4.9 ppm to 5 ppm which is two times higher than the permissible level.

He further informed that the high level of calcium in drinking water is hazardous to health. The reason for the high level of calcium in the treated water could be due to the mixing of the chemical without knowing the quantity of bleaching powder and lime.

He also pointed out the need to install one automatic absorption spectrophotometer for identifying the level of heavy metal and other elements contained in the drinking water.

On the other-hand, Radhakishore informed media persons that the number of diesel autos plying in Imphal city has crossed 2000 in a day.

These diesel autos are the cause for air and noise pollution in the state and the government will soon take up measures to make only 500 diesel auto rickshaws ply in Imphal city on rotation basis.

He also informed that necessary papers have been sent to all health care laboratories and automobile workshops to get authorization certificate from the board and also get their license renewed. The government will be taking up necessary actions against those laboratories and automobile workshops if they do not fulfill the prescribed norms by January 16.
MPCB principal scientific officer M Gonchandra said that though the board had stopped testing/examination of water bodies for quite some time, it has now started collecting samples of different water bodies, rivers, lakes, ponds and ground water from nine districts under the jurisdiction of the 70 stations recognised by the central pollution control board and the reports will be sent to the central pollution control board on a monthly basis.

The air pollution control system will be installed at 13 places and necessary works have been initiated in this regard to check the purity of air. Though the report provided by the system has ruled out any form of pollution at present, it is nearing the danger level and as such there is the need to take necessary precautionary measures, he added.

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