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CPCB removes Durgapur, Asansol from polluted cities list

The Central Pollution Control board (CPCB), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has removed Durgapur and Asansol from their list of polluted cities.

Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change enlisted those two cities in their list a few years ago. There were around 30 cities in that list.

However, there were no mention of Durgapur and Asansol in the new list. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the index of ascertaining a city's pollution is 70. It is termed as Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI).

CPCB has developed a Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI). CPCB has done a country-wide environmental assessment of Industrial Clusters based on CEPI and 43 such industrial clusters having CEPI greater than 70, on a scale of 0 to 100, has been identified as critically polluted.

The data refers to the Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI) scores of the critically polluted industrial areas. The index captures the various dimensions of environment including air, water and land.

Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI), which is actually a rational number to characterise the environmental quality at a given location. It follows certain calculations.

The factories were divided into three sections – Red, Orange and Green. The highly polluted factories were put into the red section. The comparatively less polluted factories were put into orange and green sections respectively.

The Bengal Environment department and Pollution Control Board learnt that air quality in Durgapur and Asansol have improved. The quantity of Sulfur dioxide and Nitrogen dioxide had also reduced.

There were several industries in Durgapur and Asansol which could not expand due to that specific reason. But those ban would soon be lifted, the industrialists feel.
The residents of the cities wanted better atmosphere for long time and are now breathing a sigh of relief
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