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Panel to inspect Talawade fire incident site in Pune, next hearing on July 31

The fire incident that took place at a sparkling candle manufacturing unit on December 8, 2023, had claimed 14 lives

The NGT, in its order issued on May 27, also instructed the panel to ensure that one of the representatives of the manufacturing unit to be available at the inspection site. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on May 29, 2024 10:58 PM IST

NGT asks MPCB to club applications filed regarding Pavana, Indrayani pollution

In February 2024, the Hindustan Times reported that Pavana River entered the ‘priority 1’ category due to an increase in pollution

The NGT has been receiving multiple applications since January this year about the river pollution in the Indrayani and Pavana rivers. (HT FILE)
Updated on May 24, 2024 05:50 AM IST

MPCB to monitor defunct STPs in large housing societies

It is mandatory for large housing societies with a built-up area of over 2 lakh square feet to have functional STPs, and use the treated water for non-potable purposes like irrigation, gardening, and flushing of toilets

It has been seen however that once housing projects are completed and handed over to housing societies by developers, many societies allegedly fail to maintain their STPs. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 06:16 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Hadapsar residents demand action against open garbage burning

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has failed to implement the Solid Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, claim the residents

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has failed to implement the Solid Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, claim the residents. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 05:44 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

PCMC shuts down eleven illegal RMC plants

The action was taken last week on these plants located in Tathawade, Punawale, Kiwale and Moshi within the PCMC jurisdiction

A senior officer from PCMC, on anonymity, said the complaints were received on the SARATHI portal and even written complaints and the squad from the environmental department visited these plants. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 06:26 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

MPCB slaps notice to 270 hotels, clubs in Pune for violating norms

The notices were issued last week under Section 31(A) of the Air (Prevention and Control Act) 1981. The establishments are asked to reduce particulate matter (PM) and check odour and noise pollution at their premises

As per rules, hotels, restaurants, clubs must have a mechanism to reduce water pollution by setting up effluent treatment plant (ETP) to treat wastewater from the kitchen, laundry and domestic sewage. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 09:16 PM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Nine RMC plants functional despite MPCB’s closure notice

The MPCB in March started a district-wide drive against RMC and stone-crushing plants (SCP). During the drive 34 units (18 SCP and 16 RMC) were inspected

The Board had also requested the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to disconnect the power supply to these plants. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 06:31 PM IST
ByVicky Pathare

MPCB tightens biomedical waste disposal norms

MPCB issues new guidelines on biomedical waste management following audit, HCFs must register with CBWTF, segregate waste to avoid legal action from April 1.

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Updated on Mar 29, 2024 07:24 AM IST

MPCB invites bids to set up 50 air quality monitoring stations

The municipal corporations of Thane, Vasai-Virar and Kalyan-Dombivali will get three monitoring stations each as part of the move

Mumbai, India - Oct 26, 2023 : A Metro train passing in a Slums area in the Air Pollution at Andheri, in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct 26, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 07:36 AM IST

MPCB issues notices to 182 marriage halls for flouting green norms

The MPCB, last week, issued notices to 182 marriage halls in Pune city directing them to complete the compliance within seven days or face legal action, said the officials on Monday

The move is likely to curb noise pollution, water pollution and environmental degradation caused by wedding halls and lawns. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 26, 2024 05:00 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

HC directs MPCB to present hiring plan for pollution audit

Bombay High Court directs MPCB to hire 1,310 personnel for pollution audit in Mumbai. Urges audit of "red" industries. Expert committee to report on source apportionment by June 20.

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Updated on Mar 19, 2024 08:04 AM IST
BySahyaja MS

MPCB issues order to state local bodies to step up action against single-use plastic

Newly-appointed MPCB chairman on March 12 issued an order to all local bodies in the state to speed up action against single-use plastic

Newly-appointed MPCB chairman on March 12 issued an order to all local bodies in the state to speed up action against single-use plastic. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 09:14 AM IST

MPCB issues closure notice to industrial unit in Dehugaon for flouting pollution norms

Dehugaon industrial unit during MPCB inspection was found operating sans environmental clearance from the board

Dehugaon industrial unit during MPCB inspection was found operating sans environmental clearance from the board. (Getty Images/iStockphoto (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 09:10 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Amid worsening air quality MPCB initiates action against stone crushing plants in Pune

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board conducts district-wide drive against stone crushing and ready mix concrete plants in Pune due to air pollution violations.

A total of 34 units (18 stone crushing plants and 16 ready mix concrete plants) have been inspected by the officials. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 08:48 PM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Pavana River enters ‘priority 1’ category due to increase in pollution

Based on the pollution level, the CPCB has prioritised river stretches across India into five categories

Earlier, the river was less polluted and had been categorised as priority 2 by the CPCB. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 06:04 AM IST

Survey to identify pollution sources at Indrayani River

MPCB and PCMC to survey Indrayani River for pollution sources in the first week of March due to concerns over toxic foam and water pollution.

For a long time, the Indrayani River has become a point of concern as the toxic foam appears in the river time and again indicating the higher pollution in the water body. (HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 08:32 PM IST

No permission provided for use of chemicals in cleaning water bodies: MPCB

The clarification comes on the back of concerns raised by individuals involved in river conservation over the PMC’s decision to spray bio-enzymes or natural chemicals on rivers and lakes across the city to resolve the twin problems of water pollution and water hyacinth

Recently in a pilot study, the PMC sprayed a bio-enzyme on the Ramnadi river at Bavdhan. (HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 07:28 AM IST

MPCB notice to PCMC over Indrayani River pollution

An analysis of the samples of the treated effluent found that the levels of biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand and detergent were far greater than the permissible limit. A notice was served stating that the civic body had failed to achieve the permissible standards

The Indrayani River is reportedly being polluted due to untreated industrial and domestic waste being discharged into the river (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 05:10 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Air quality to deteriorate in Pune in next 24 hours

‘Poor’ air quality in Shivajinagar and Hadapsar while the air quality is expected to fall to ‘worse’ in Bhosari

As per the ‘Air Quality Early Warning and Decision Support System’, Pune on Thursday recorded an AQI of 113 with moderate air quality. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 08:14 AM IST

MPCB official undertakes Indrayani pollution review

Residents and environmentalists from Pimpri-Chinchwad are raising their voice against pollution of the river with many blaming industrial waste as the main cause

Avinash Dhakne, member secretary, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) visited the Indrayani stretch between Lonavla and Alandi on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 14, 2024 06:40 AM IST
ByGayatri Vajpeyee

Lack of land delays new air quality monitoring stations in Pune city

In February last year, the board set up two stations in Pune, including one in Katraj and another one near SPPU. However, due to ongoing metro construction work and proposed flyover work near SPPU, the board had to remove the station as there was a possibility of impartial data

Under the central government’s National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), there is a plan for the expansion of Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) in Pune city. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2024 10:16 PM IST
ByGayatri Vajpeyee

Swargate records highest noise pollution on Lakshmi Pujan day

The Swargate area in Pune recorded the highest noise pollution on Lakshmi Poojan day, with noise levels much beyond the standard limits in all monitored areas. Vehicular movement and firecrackers were identified as major sources of noise pollution during Diwali. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board conducted noise monitoring in three phases during the festival.

Firecrackers burst at Market Yard. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 07:48 AM IST
ByGayatri Vajpeyee

Toxic foam on Indrayani River sparks concerns

As per the citizens, the untreated water, chemicals, and toxic waste released from industries and untreated water from laundries is the prime reason behind the pollution

Despite the river’s religious significance and its course through pilgrimage sites like Dehu and Alandi, the problem has been recurring. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 12, 2023 06:02 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

MPCB, traffic police crack down on concrete plants, heavy vehicles

Maharashtra Pollution control board issues notices to 14 RMC plants associated with infrastructure projects in Mumbai. Mumbai Traffic police to take strict action against heavy vehicles not complying with air pollution mitigation guidelines.

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Updated on Nov 09, 2023 08:16 AM IST

Firecrackers crack the MPCB noise test in Pune

All 14 types of firecrackers tested by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board in Pune recorded noise levels below the standard limit of 125 decibels. The board has also urged residents to take precautions while bursting firecrackers during Diwali.

MPCB carried out annual noise level testing of 14 types of firecrackers in Pune. (HT)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 07:56 AM IST
ByGayatri Vajpeyee

MPCB issues closure notices to 17 factories in Kurla

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has issued closure notices to 17 laundries and foundries on Khairani road in Mumbai for violating environmental rules. Complaints from residents prompted the action. The board has also directed four companies in the same area to control pollution.

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Updated on Nov 08, 2023 08:46 AM IST

MPCB shuts CEAT Tyres factory, orders water and power cut

Last week, the body had asked Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and Tata Power Co Ltd (TPCL) to reduce production by 50%, and also issued strict guidelines to Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Limited (RCF) in Chembur and closed down two ready mix concrete (RMC) plants in the city

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Updated on Nov 04, 2023 05:55 PM IST

Take immediate action to prevent pollution in Ramnadi, MPCB tells Pune local bodies

The MPCB officials visited Ramnadi on October 20 and took samples, which were sent for further study. After the visit, the pollution control board on October 23 wrote to Zilla Parishad, Pune and Grampanchayat Bhugaon directing them to take preventive measures

The two main sewage lines belong to Zilla Parishad are responsible for the pollution and the untreated sewage is being discharged directly into Ramnadi near Cocorico Hotel, which is under Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) jurisdiction. However, body the local bodies, PMC and Zilla Parishad are unaware of this gross violation. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 06:01 PM IST
ByVicky Pathare

MPCB tells HPCL, Tata Power to cut production by 50%

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has issued showcause notices to Hindustan Petroleum and Tata Power for failing to comply with environmental laws. Two logistics firms have also been asked to reduce transport of hazardous chemicals by 50%. The board has also issued guidelines to Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Limited and closed down two ready mix concrete plants in Mumbai. The action follows the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's air pollution mitigation plan, which stated that punitive action would be taken against non-compliant companies.

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Updated on Nov 02, 2023 08:36 AM IST

Ambernath citizens complain to MPCB over garbage burning

The citizens group alleges that garbage is being illegally dumped and burnt causing severe pollution and low visibility for local trains

Ambernath citizens complain to MPCB over garbage burning
Published on Oct 31, 2023 10:05 PM IST
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