Clean air Authority for Hyderabad soon

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Hyderabad will soon have a clean air authority on the lines of Clean Authority of Tokyo. The authority will be headed by the Chief Secretary and would include heads of all departments. It may be recalled that after his recent visit to Japan, the Minister for Municipal Administration Mr K T Rama Rao has been contemplating setting up of a similar authority for Hyderabad city as well.

A preliminary meeting to work out the modalities of the proposed authority was held at secretariat today. The meeting was presided by the Secretary Municipal Administration Mr Navin Mittal. Commissioner Municipal Administration T K Sridevi, GHMC Commissioner Janardhan Reddy, Member Secretary Pollution Control Board Satyanarayana Reddy, Municipal Commissioners of Warangal and Karimnagar Ms Sruthi Ojha and K Shashank and other senior officials attended the meeting.

The Secretary Municipal Administration Mr Navin Mittal said that while the Pollution Control Board would function as a regulatory and enforcement agency, the proposed Clean 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 the course of the deliberations, 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 by the 15th of this month. This 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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