The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has been listed among the top six state Boards on environmental performance audit ranking carried out by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in compliance with National Green Tribunal (NGT) direction.
The functioning of all the 35 states/Union territories’ pollution control boards was evaluated based on different parameters like environmental quality monitoring, environmental and regulatory functions, data management and public outreach, advisory for decision-making, research and development and training and specific observation by expert teams.
Maharashtra pollution control board took the lead as the best performing state pollution control board followed by Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa.
The GSPCB scored a total of 75.36 points, which was above the national average of 59.82. It scored the highest of 21.88 points as compared to other state pollution control boards in characterising and monitoring the quality of the environment.
The average performance of GSPCB was below the national average in research and development parameters, the national performance audit report conducted by the CPCB has indicated. The GSPCB has scored 5.70 below the national average of 6.13.
The result suggests a need for significant improvement in
deterrence mechanisms and in research and development activities of the Goa
state pollution control board.
Goa was categorised among seven other low income and hilly states like Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir for evaluation. However, Goa stood the highest among these states in all parameters except for advisory and decision-making and research and development parameters. Kerala took the lead in these parameters.
The state’s overall ranking – 6 among 35 states/UTs – was also linked to good performance in the data management, public outreach, enforcement and regulatory functions.
The study examines the functioning of all state pollution control boards to identify remedial steps required in manning and functioning of these boards and committees.
The National Green Tribunal, in January this year, directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to conduct within six months a performance audit of all the state pollution control boards and committees.
The Tribunal’s direction came while hearing a plea filed by Aryavart Foundation against discharge of untreated trade effluents by more than 500 industrial units in Vapi Industrial Cluster into Daman Ganga river in Valsad district in Gujarat.