Mobile app for Sewage treatment plant reporting

Mobile app for Sewage treatment plant reporting

Untreated sewage is polluting our water bodies like lakes, rivers etc and is impacting the health of people as well as wildlife. Most of the times unscrupulous people switch off the sewage treatment and dump the untreated sewage in the night. That saves in electricity cost. To monitor the functioning of Sewage treatment plants a Sewage Treatment Plant(STP) reporting Mobile Application was launched on 23rd September by the MoS Shri Babul Supriyo. This mobile app was launched in an online meeting to commemorate the 46th Year of Establishment of Central Pollution Control Board. This mobile app is intended to help in data collection and rapid reporting from 1,641 STPs in the country. Hopefully, the Government will make the data transparent so that public interest groups and watch dogs will also be able to monitor and report if there is any problem. This will also help in supporting and reducing the burden of CPCB.

The CBCB was established on September 23, 1974 under The Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 as a technical arm of Central Government for environmental research, monitoring, regulation and enforcement in the country.

Speaking on the occasion of the 46th Year of CPCB establishment, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Babul Supriyo said, people and governments need to share the responsibility and work together to keep the air clean. He said, CPCB has been providing a real time data after collecting and collating pollution related data which acts as a key policy input to Government and other concerned agencies. Though the minister commended the CPCB, it would be pertinent to mention that off late it is difficult to get the real time pollution data. Government shouldn’t act to hide the problems from its people, as air pollution has emerged as a major cause of diseases and deaths in India and worldwide. The minister also said that there is a need to ensure that water is not polluted because it can have an adverse impact on the crops.

Shri Supriyo said, that the pandemic COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to press the reboot button to save the environment. The Minister further said, He appreciated CBCB for handling bio-medical waste during the times of COVID-19. However, there have been reports of illegal dumping of bio-medical wastes across the country as the monitoring has been lax due to fear of covid-19.

It is important to remember that the Hon’ble Supreme Court had blasted pollution control board officials for turning a blinds eye to dumping of industrial effluents and sewage into the Ganga. So despite thousands of crores spend in the Ganga Action Plan, the water of Ganga is still unfit for human consumption.

Shri Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate also released the following technical reports on the occasion :-

  • A Ready Reckoner for Personnel engaged in Environment Management in Small and Medium Scale Industries. Click Here.
  • National Ambient Air Quality Status and Trends 2019. Click Here.
  • River Water Quality during Lockdown Period. Click Here.
  • Ambient Air Quality during Lockdown Period. Click Here.

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