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Civic body to call in experts to tackle city's pollution problems

Waking up to the worrying pollution levels recorded in its study, the civic body is now planning to form an expert panel to submit suggestions on tackling the problem. Kunal Purohit reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 01, 2012 01:29 IST

Waking up to the worrying pollution levels recorded in its study, the civic body is now planning to form an expert panel to submit suggestions on tackling the problem.

HT had on August 28 & 30 reported on the increasing levels of pollution in the city.

The civic body also wants to strengthen existing regulations that govern pollution control.

Additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani, said: "Some pollutants have increased since the last year as well, which is troubling. We need to study the issue in full depth and look at practical solutions to reduce levels."

He also said infrastructure projects, private construction sites and increased vehicular traffic were to blame for the pollution levels in the city, especially the high levels of suspended particulate matter (SPM).

The civic body would approach independent experts as it did not have the expertise required to tackle the problem. "They could then recommend steps to control and mitigate the city's pollution problems."

While the civic body has little control over pollution from vehicular traffic, it can regulate the construction of private buildings as the licensing authority, as well as the way infrastructure projects executed.

"We do have guidelines on the precautions to be taken to control pollution by constructions, but they aren't being followed strictly. We make it compulsory to have a dust filtering cover on the structure, but not everyone covers their under-construction structures. We also need fresh guidelines to deal with the air and sound pollution caused by such construction," said Adtani.

He added, "Once the experts' panel finalises its recommendations, we will forward them to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) as well."

Adtani added, "Currently, we are only collecting around 65% of the sewage that the city generates. However, we also have projects also to collect and treat the entire city's sewage waste."