24×7 Real Time Monitoring of Pollution from Industries

The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), Shri Prakash Javadekar addressing a press conference on pollution monitoring of River Ganga, in New Delhi on March 07, 2016. The Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Ashok Lavasa is also seen.

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“24×7 Real Time Monitoring of Pollution from various industries is a major revolution brought in by the NDA Government. Earlier method of physical sampling and lab testing was found to be inadequate as it could not capture pollution levels all 24 hours. With on-line monitoring the situation has completely changed and monitoring can be done continuously. The industries now are taking steps to install new equipment to meet environmental norms. We shall also bring about necessary changes in law to enable use of on-line data as legal evidence” – Prakash Javadekar.

In 2015, notices were issued to 3145 highly polluting industries under 17 categories for installation of 24×7 continuous effluent/emission monitoring systems, out of which 1475 have already been installed these devices and 805 industries shall complete the process by the end of March, 2016. Thus by March end, 2280 industries will be equipped with 24X7 monitoring systems.

321 industries are currently closed and orders are being issued to ensure that they reopen only after installation of these devices. Closure orders have been issued to 141 industries and action is being initiated against the rest 403 industries.

24×7 continuous monitoring systems cover emission parameters like PM (Particulate Matter), SO2 (Sulphur Di-oxide), NO2 (Nitrogen Di-oxide), CO (Carbon mono-oxide), Ammonia, etc. and effluent parameters like flow, pH, BOD (Bio-chemical oxygen demand), COD (chemical oxygen demand), TSS (Total suspended solid), Ammonical Nitrogen etc. Data connectivity has been established with 1101 units of 17 categories with CPCB and SMS alerts and emails are automatically generated whenever standards are exceeded for more than 15 minutes. On average, around 1000 SMSs for exceedances are being generated on daily basis beside emails and these SMSs are being sent to Stake holders (CPCB, SPCB and Industry). Industries are taking action based on the information received to control emission and effluent and report this action taken on an email id cems.cpcb@nic.in.

Some of the industries like oil refineries and petrochemical have requested time up to June 30, 2016 since in installation of online monitoring systems for parameters like PM and CO requires shutdown which is carried out as per schedule decided by Ministry of Petroleum. Power plants have also requested time up to June 30, 2016 for installation of online monitoring system.

Substantial progress has been made so far in the direction of online monitoring of industrial pollution. However, industries which have not installed CEMS as yet need to do so immediately and avoid the necessity of closure directions. Moreover, those industries which have not yet established connectivity need to ensure it without any further delay. CPCB is maintaining constant watch on the progress to ensure that no industry required to install these devices is left out.