Clean Air Authority for City on the cards

Hyderabad: Hyderabad will soon have a Clean Air Authority on the lines of Clean Authority of Tokyo. It will be headed by Chief Secretary and would include heads of all departments.

It may be recalled that after his recent visit to Japan, Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao has been mulling over such an authority for Hyderabad city. A preliminary meeting to work out the modalities of the proposed authority was held at the Secretariat on Friday. The meeting was presided over by Municipal Administration Secretary Navin Mittal. Municipal Administration Commissioner TK Sridevi, GHMC Commissioner Janardhan Reddy, Pollution Control Board Member-Secretary Satyanarayana Reddy, Municipal Commissioners of Warangal and Karimnagar Sruthi Ojha and K Shashank and other senior officials attended the meeting.

Navin Mittal said while the Pollution Control Board would function as a regulatory and enforcement agency, the proposed clean air authority would look after planning, coordination and implementation. The PCB Member Secretary briefed about the Tokyo Clean Air Authority, which was set up for management of solid waste and generating power out of waste.

During discussions, it was felt that the proposed authority should have statutory powers. It was also felt that the proposed authority should not only confine to air pollution but also include noise and water pollution as well. A committee was constituted to prepare a concept note and submit it by the 15th of this month. The committee would prepare a note on the creation of a model Act, define structure and jurisdiction of the proposed authority. The contributory factors of pollution, rules of solid waste management and the guidelines of the Tokyo Clean Air Authority would also be studied for preparing the concept note.

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