India to prepare GIS-based environmental database

India to prepare GIS-based environmental database


New Delhi, India: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India, will take Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) help in preparing an integrated environmental database using GIS.

‘We will ask ISRO to help us in preparing environment impact statement (EIS) using GIS, which will be of great help to policy makers,’ said CPCB chairperson S.P. Gautam.

The central pollution monitoring agency released compendium, ‘Studies on Pollution Mitigation’, comprising 133 research papers on various facets of pollution related matter. On this occasion, former ISRO chief G. Madhavan Nair said that he will take up the matter with ISRO chief K. Radhakrishnan.

“India has not paid much attention on pollution monitoring. Monitoring environment is necessary as forest cover, level of ground water, status of water bodies, land cover is key input for national planning,” said Nair.

Dr Nair appealed scientists and engineers to translate good research in practical purpose and solve problems of pollution, climate change and health not only at national level, but also at small, local levels. He said that the GIS-GPS technology is available for use without much expenditure and this will provide proper observation system.

Releasing the compendium, he said, “We should publish our own journals in the field of science and give credit to our own scientists who perform world class works.” He said this compendium will be useful to user community in a big way. He added, “Monitoring the environment, especially forests, water bodies, oceans, dams etc, will give key inputs for planning.”
The Chairman, CPCB, also informed about new initiatives underway to control pollution which include co-processing of Hazardous Waste in the Cement Kiln/Thermal Power Plants/Iron furnaces, eradication of Tannery Pollution and removal of salt (5000 tonnes/day) from hide presentation using refrigerated – vaccumization (Lyophilization), clearance of sewage by Microbial Technology (in situ bio-remediation ), complete recycling of Municipal Solid Wastes, implementation of Common Chrome Recovery Plants in agro based Pulp and Paper industries and elimination of distillery pollution by co-processing in Cement Kiln.

Source: PIB & Sify