In the State- level programme organised on the occasion of the World Environment Day in the City on Sunday, awards were given to industries, State

Pollution Control Boardalt39s Narmada XGN online software was dedicated to public and environment atlas was released in the presence of Minister of State ( MoS) for Energy and Mining Rajendra Shukla.

Shukla, in his address, said industrial development and efforts to improve environment should go hand in hand. He expressed satisfaction over working in this direction in the State. He said it was an achievement that the SPCB has become a in the country for disposal of around 2000 metric tonne plastic waste to cement industries.

Shukla suggested preparation of an action plan for the disposal of urban waste and manufacturing fertilisers from the waste. He said a mechanism should be drawn to control smoke from vehicles. Principal Secretary, Housing and environment, Iqbal Singh Bains said that if we aim for economic development we must take appropriate steps for improvement in environment.

In coming time, techniques to check release of carbon may be developed, he added.

State Pollution Control Board chairman N P Shukla said the board is leading in the country in disposal of hazardous waste and it will be used in energy generation.

He said Narmada XGN software will enable to link all cement and power plants. So far, more than 10,000 industries and institutions have been registered in this module. Eight industries have been given online permission.

All units of the board are now computerised. Soon, people will be given information on pollution level in New Market area of the City through an online system.

In the function, three industries were awarded for contribution in improving environment.

M/ s Vikram Cement, Khor, Neemuch was given Rs 75,000 as prize, M/ s Piramal Health Care Products ( Peethampur) was given Rs 50,000 whereas M/ s Saman Enterprises ( Nagda) was given Rs 25,000 as prize.

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