HC questions PCB over closure of 18 air-testing stations

Environmentalist Subash Dutta today brought to the notice of the Calcutta High Court that the West Bengal Pollution Control Board closed down 18 air testing stations out of 20.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: April 6, 2012 5:08:09 am

Environmentalist Subash Dutta today brought to the notice of the Calcutta High Court that the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) closed down 18 air testing stations out of 20. These testing stations recorded the pollution level in the air but were closed down without any concrete reason,he submitted in the court.

Out of the 20 stations,only two automatic testing stations — one near Victoria Memorial Hall and other at Rabindra Bharati University — have been functioning,Duttta said.

The number of patients suffering from lung disease is highest in Kolkata in comparison to other cities due to high air pollution level Dutta alleged that the functioning of WBPCB has deteriorated in the last one year under the new government.

Dutta suggested that the state government impose entry tax on vehicles and that check post be set up on national highways and state highways for collecting the same.

The Division Bench directed the WBPCB to file an affidavit stating the reason behind the closure of the 18 testing stations.

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