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GIS-based monitoring of pollution in UP, India

Lucknow, India: By the end of year 2010, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), India, will start monitoring of pollution status of industries across the UP State with the help of a GIS system, designed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur. The project will be taken up in Unnao district on a pilot basis.

“Once the pilot phase is completed successfully, we will then implement the project in other districts as well. With the new system, we can monitor the pollution levels in these industries and also movement of the officials visiting the industries to assess their environmental status. We are presently working out the modalities of the project,” said C S Bhatt, member secretary, UPPCB.

There are around 50 tanning industries in the Unnao district. As part of the mapping, detailed information about their location, names, ownership, environmental status, the network of sewer pipelines in the area and even the number of trees near a particular unit will be put up online. The details of the specific industrial unit like pollutants, effluent being discharged from it and its treatment facility will also be available. “A link will be provided on the pollution control board’s website with the help of which we will be able to access the information. Our officials visiting a particular industrial unit for inspection will take its pictures and upload it on the website along with the environmental status of the pollutants,” said Bhatt.

Source: Indian Express