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An Overview on CPCB’s Pollution Control Measures and Action Plan

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An Overview on CPCB’s Pollution Control Measures and Action Plan

A descriptive plan that defines what actions must be completed to attain a given goal is known as an action plan. The purpose of developing a CPCB action plan is to specify what measures must be taken in order to achieve the set goal. The CPCB Action Plan also aids in the creation of a timeline, identifying when specific activities must be done, and determining which facilities are needed. For the implementation of pollution control measures and programmes, the CPCB collaborates with the SPCB. The action plan prepared by the CPCB will be discussed in this article.

Action plan and pollution control measures of Central Pollution Control Board

CPCB Action Plan is the layouts that help the authorities on the matter concerning prevention and control of water and air pollution and improvement in the air quality.

The Action plans are prepared to execute as a program for the prevention, control, or abatement of water and air pollution.

India’s apex pollution protector, The Central Pollution Control Board has directed municipal bodies across the country to take instant steps to check ecological damage.

Also, the CPCB[1] has told the municipal corporation to check the affluents the create pollution and start effective mass awareness programs.

It also recommends municipalities establish a proper waste management system. Also, it ensures assembling, segregation, and transportation for disposal, processing, and recycling of waste material.

The objective of CPCB Action Plan 2020-21

  • To meet the norms through prevention and abatements of pollution.
  • Also, the objective behind this is to ensure a healthy environment.

How do CPCB’s Air Pollution Control Measures help in the effective management of waste?

A constructive clean CPCB air action plan/pollution control measures is a prominent tool for attaining clean air for all the cities, including a list of reduction measures for every air pollution source. Though most of the non-accomplished cities are facing various issues in developing an effective waste management system. Most of these states do not have the organizational and individual capacity in terms of skills, workforce, and understanding to support the CPCP Action plans. A skilled workforce is important for developing effective mitigation plans and conveying accurately with stakeholders. At present air action plans are the Pollution Control Board and Municipal Corporation offices’ collective responsibility. 

Major recommendations in CPCB Action Plan

The Central Pollution Control Board has recommended to the Supreme Court that the below-mentioned actions should be taken into consideration in CPCB Action Plans-

  • Apply pollution control in thermal power plants through Pollution Control Board monitoring.
  • To automate the sweeping on roads periodically and water disperses on dirty roads every two days.
  • Identify unsurfaced roads with heavy traffic and inform about the same to respective Municipal Commissioners.
  • Ensure complete vigilance to stop using the visibly polluting vehicles and seize them or levy a heavy fine.
  • Administer rules for managing construction-related dust and unmanageable sites.
  • Reroute unavoidable truck traffic and ensure only trucks registered after 2005 are permitted for entry into the national capital.
  • Detail information about the level of pollution and contact information of the control room through social media and mobile applications.
  • Authorize people to report polluting activities or sources to the concerned authorities through apps and social media.
  • Minimize operation of coal-based power plants 

Precautionary measures recommended in CPCB Action Plans

The Central Pollution Control Board-led Task Force has the responsibility to inform the public about the threat of exposure to high levels of pollution, while the public, on their part, is expected to take the below- mentioned precautionary steps:

  • Restricting the use of coal/firewood in hotels and open eating areas.
  • To prevent the security staff of Residential Welfare Associations from burning woods during the winter provide electric heaters to them.
  • Stop garbage burning in the waste disposal
  • Avoid excessive and chronic exposure to pollution.
  • Suspension of all outside activities and sports events during severe or poor conditions 
  • Disclose emissions from vehicles, power plants, and waste burning to the respective control rooms.
  • Avoiding the use of diesel and kerosene generators.

Taking good care of vehicles (Pollution under control certificate, replace car air filter, maintain right tire pressure)

Administrative approval is given by the Central Control Pollution Board for the Budget Year 2020-21

 CPCB has taken into consideration the below-mentioned titles in the Budget year 2020-21-

  • Pollution Assessment (Survey and Monitoring)
  • Methodical, Applied ,and Research and Development Activities.
  • Trade Pollution Control (Quality, Implementation, and Technologies).
  • Training and Awareness Programs.
  • Database Management
  • Waste Management and Urban Pollution Control Board.
  • Enhancement of Information Technology Infrastructure.
  • Implementation of CPCB Action plan for non-attainment areas.
  • Implementation of Waste management rules.
  • Working on the development of Laboratory Information System.


The CPCB Action Plan/ pollution control measures are prepared to tackle pollution in the country. The overall goal is to present a pollution source-wise action plan to be executed in a time-bound manner with sufficient strictness, monitoring, and adherence system to achieve the clean air goals. Also, the CPCB plans to identify short-term preferential actions and the actions to be executed over a medium-to-long duration.

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