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Karnataka State Pollution Control Board
Introduction Functions of KSPCB Constitution of the Board Committees Constituted
By the Board
State Level Consent Committee

Functions of the Board

The Board has certain mandatory functions for control of water and air pollution.

The Important functions of the Board under Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, (Section 17) are:

(a)

To plan a comprehensive programme for the prevention, control or abatement of pollution of streams and wells in the State and to secure the execution thereof;

(b)

To advise the State Government on any matter concerning the prevention, control or abatement of water pollution and air pollution.

(c)

To collect and disseminate information relating to water pollution, air pollution and the prevention, control or abatement thereof;

(d)

To encourage, conduct and participate in investigations and research relating to problems of water pollution and prevention, control or abatement of water pollution;

(e)

To inspect sewage or trade effluents, works and plants for the treatment of sewage and trade effluents and to review plans, specifications or other data relating to plants setup for the treatment of water, works for the purification thereof and the system for the disposal of sewage or trade effluents or in connection with the grant of any consent as required by this Act;

(f)

Laydown, modify or annul effluent standards for the sewage and trade effluents and for the quality of receiving waters (not being water in an inter-State stream) resulting from the discharge of effluents and to classify waters of the State;

(g)

To evolve economical and reliable methods of treatment of sewage and trade effluents, having regard to the peculiar conditions of soils, climate and water resources of different regions and more especially the prevailing flow characteristics of water in streams and wells which render it impossible to attain even the minimum degree of dilution;

(h) To evolve methods of utilization of sewage and suitable trade effluents in agriculture;
(i)

To evolve efficient methods of disposal of sewage and trade effluents on land, as are necessary on account of the predominant conditions of scant stream flows that do not provide for major part of the year the minimum degree of dilution;

(j)

To laydown standards of effluents of sewage and trade effluents to be discharged into any particular stream and the tolerance limits of pollution permissible in the water of the stream, after the discharge of such effluents;

(k)

To make, vary or revoke any order –

(i)
for the prevention, control or abatement of discharges of waste into streams or wells;

(ii)

requiring any person concerned to construct new systems for the disposal of sewage and trade effluents or to modify, alter or extend any such existing system or to adopt such remedial measures as are necessary to prevent control or abate water pollution;

(l)

To laydown effluent standards to be complied with by persons while causing discharge of sewage or sullage or both and to laydown, modify or annul effluent standards for the sewage and trade effluents;

(m)

To advise the State Government with respect to the location of any industry the carrying on of which is likely to pollute a stream or well.

(n)

To plan a comprehensive programme for the prevention, control or abatement of air pollution and to secure the execution thereof;

(o)

To inspect, at all reasonable times, any control equipment, industrial plant or manufacturing process and to give, by order, such directions to such persons as it may consider necessary to take steps for the prevention, control or abatement of air pollution;

(p)

To inspect air pollution control areas at such intervals as it may think necessary, assess the quality of air therein and take steps for the prevention, control or abatement of air pollution in such areas;

(q)

To laydown, in consultation with the Central Board and having regard to the standards for the quality of air laid down by the Central Board, standards for emission of air pollutants into the atmosphere from industrial plants and automobiles or for the discharge of any air pollutant into the atmosphere from any other source whatsoever not being a ship or an aircraft; Provided that different standards for emission may be laid down under this clause for different industrial plants having regard to the quality and composition of emission of air pollutants into the atmosphere from such industrial plants;

(r)

To advise the State Government with respect to the suitability of any premises or location for carrying on any industry which is likely to cause air pollution;

(s)

To perform such other functions as may be prescribed or may, from time to time, be entrusted to it by the Central Board or the State Government.

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