West Bengal Pollution Control Board Celebrates its 50 Years of Establishment

The WBPCB commemorated its 50-year milestone with a grand event, focusing on innovative pollution control solutions and the urgency of environmental action

Anusmita Bhattacharya
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Kolkata: The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) celebrated its 50 years with a grand function that emphasized innovative solutions to combat pollution. The event featured a press conference where the MIC, Department of Environment, Md. Ghulam Rabbani, Dr. Kalyan Rudra, Chairman and Dr. Rajesh Kumar,IPS, Member Secretary of the WBPCB presented new strategies to tackle pollution challenges. One such strategy involved deploying machines to rural areas that convert agricultural waste into solid fuel, providing a sustainable alternative for energy needs. Experts stressed the importance of collective action to prevent environmental contamination and address the wider issue of climate change. They pointed to 2023 as a stark reminder of the urgency of environmental action, highlighting it as one of the worst years in human history in terms of climate impact.

The renowned personalities present at the event were included Roshni Sen, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Shri Prabhat Kumar Mishra, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary of the Irrigation and Waterways Department. MIC Md Ghulam Rabbani and Professor Sugato Bose, Chief Guest from Harvard University and Dr. Kalyan Rudra, Chairman of WBPCB and the Chairmen of the Pollution Control Boards of Assam and Punjab, Arup Mishra and Adarsh Paul Vig, respectively.

The press conference served as a platform for WBPCB officials to shed light on various environmental issues the state faces. This celebration of the WBPCB's 50th anniversary signifies its commitment to environmental progress and paves the way for future initiatives that leverage innovation to combat pollution.