“It shall be the duty of every citizen of India - (g) to protect and improve the natural environment including forest,lakes, rivers and wild life and to have compassion for living creatures.”
-- The Constitution on India Part IVA, Fundamental Duties
“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not
for man’s greed.”
The Environment Department, Government of West Bengal was created on 2nd June 1982 to conduct the following business:
- Looking after the Environment & Ecology.
- Prevention and Control of Pollution of Air, Water, Land and Noise.
- Co-ordination between Departments & Agencies of the State and that of the Union Government with policies and schemes relating to environment.
- And all matters connected with the Bengal Smoke Nuisance Commission and the West Bengal Pollution Control Board.
Headed by Minister in Charge, Environment, the Department has Principal Secretary as its Administrative in charge, who is assisted by Chief Environment Officer, Senior Environment Officers, Environment Officer and Law Officers in technical and legal matters. In administrative functions, Joint Secretary Environment as well as Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary provide assistance.
1. World Bank Aided Project on "Capacity Building for Industrial Pollution Management" (CBIPM)
The Government of India, through its Ministry of Environment & Forests, is implementing a World Bank funded project titled "Capacity Building for Industrial Pollution Management" with the objective of strengthening the environmental management capacity of central and state level regulatory authorities with emphasis on rehabilitation of polluted sites and for undertaking area-based demonstration projects on remediation of contaminated sites. The project also aims at developing a "National Program for the Rehabilitation of Polluted Sites".
Two states, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, have been identified for undertaking remediation of hazardous waste contaminated sites and municipal landfills as demonstration projects suitable for scale up.
The West Bengal Pollution Control Board is responsible for implementation of the project in the state of West Bengal. The project will help the Board to build-up proper knowledge for scientific inventorisation of hazardous wastes and identification of illegal dump sites which is a pre-requisite for determining of environmental risk from mismanagement of hazardous wastes. Various options of remediation which in turn is based on the study referred above can be known along with technology involved as also cost for such remediation.