The construction and infrastructure building work in Indore may see delay as the moratorium imposed on development projects by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) is to stay for some more time.
The team from Hyderabad’s Bhagwati Ana Labs which collected air, water and noise samples from Indore last month for the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to revaluate the pollution index of the city is likely to collect more samples for assessment, until which the moratorium wouldn’t be lifted.
After the Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) wrote to the CPCB claiming that the pollution index of the city (determined as Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index) was not as high as that estimated by the central board.
It was for this CEPI value determined by the board that Indore fell in the critically polluted area category and the ministry imposed the moratorium.
The team had collected air, water and noise samples from four city locations last month and is likely to collect more samples from another eight locations.
“Though we have not received any official confirmation on this, it is likely that the team will be in Indore to collect more samples,” said MPPCB regional officer in Indore, AA Mishra.
After sample collection and testing, the team will submit its findings to the CPCB which will take the final call on lifting the moratorium from construction projects.
As per the CPCB’s guidelines, a city or area with a CEPI value more than 70 is critically polluted.
The CPCB estimation put Indore’s CEPI value at 78.65 last year while the state board claimed it to be at 70.55.
CEPI score is the average pollution level of an area comprising the quality of air, water and noise in that area.