CURRENT EFFORT

 

The State of Tripura with locational constraints and limited resources has shown serious concern about environment - management in the region.
The Environment Department however remains small with the majority of the work being carried out by the State Pollution Control Board.

  • Zoning Atlas and Regional Plan :
    Tripura is the first state in India to have prepared a 'Zoning of Atlas', (2000) providing detailed information on the suitable locations for future industrial development. The document has provided for the first time Reference Map, Sensitive - Zone map. This has been followed by Regional Plan for Tripura with a futuristic projection up to 2021 AD. Based on the performances of the State Government, specially Tripura State Pollution Control Board. Tripura has been selected as one of the four states in India for setting up Control of Excellence dealing with Environmental Planning. To support the venture Ministry of Environment and Forest and Central Pollution Control will provide full infrrustcture and Manpower support.

 

  • Pollution Monitoring
    The State Board has introduced a programme for periodic monitoring of surface water (lakes and rivers) and ground water (shallow and deep tube well). Under MINRAS programme continuous monitoring of two surface water and two selected ground water status are being carried out; a proposal for covering 7 additional stations has been sent to CPCB. Air quality monitoring is also being periodically at selected sites. Auto-emission testing however show a declining number of vehicles (between 1992-93 and 1996 97) being tested; after 1996-97 till 2000 -2001, no testing was done. While noise level monitoring has also been done periodically, the regulatory mechanism appears weak.

 

  • Consent Management
    As a part of regulatory mechanism industrial works require prior consent for operation from TSPCB. The available data shows that till March 2001, as many as 1986 number of consent letters have been Issued (Starting from 1988-89) which include letter to establish new units (1238) and Renewal of Consent (748).

 

  • Public Grievance Cell
    TSPCB has establish a mechanism to receive public complaints and take necessary action after inspection. The available figure of 1999 - 2000 renewal that more than 80% complaints have been attended to.

 

  • Environment Awareness
    The Tripura State Pollution Control Board is acting as the Regional Resource Agency for Conducting and monitoring National Environment Awareness Programme (NEAC)
    motivating NGOs, Educational Institutions, Panchayates and other organisations. Besides NEAC programme by observing World Environment Day and other annual programmes.

New Projects :


The State Government has taken initiatives in the 3 new Panchayats connected with
(a) Solid Waste Management : In Agartala Municipality Area , in collaboration with local NGO's and technically qualified firms .The organic compost is likely to be used by Tea Gardens .
(b) Hazardous Waste Management : A report has been proposed with inventory of Hazardous Waste in collaboration with the National Productivity Council (NPC) . An action plan is being prepared for safe disposal.
(c) Bio-Medical Waste Management : To comply with GOI rules, an advisory Committee has been formed and meetings held with local authorities, urban development department, Health Departments and stake holders .

State of Environment


The State has embarked upon preparation of a 'State of Environment Report' 2001 covering every major sectors in all the four districts of Tripura . Primary data have been generated at 25 sampling stations for Air Quality, surface water and ground water quality and Noise level. This is the second SOE Report the first being published in 1989.


Capital City Environment Assessment

A new initiative has been taken to prepare a Capital City Report on Environmental status specially for Pollution Level, Waste Management etc., with support from CPCB.

Lake Study
Tripura is well known for beautiful lakes TSPCB has initiated a study of four major lakes of Tripura. The study is aimed at finding water quality and suggesting appropriate management strategy.

   
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