TAMLUK, 29 NOV: The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (PCB) has slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on the Kolaghat Thermal Power Plant (KTPP) for flouting its instructions.

In its order, the PCB has clearly stated that if the KTPP authorities fail to act according to its instruction, it will file a case against the latter in Calcutta High Court.
Cracking the whip on the KTPP for causing environmen

KOLKATA, 31 OCT: The $28.9 million capacity building project on identification and remediation of contaminated hazardous waste dumpsites in the state funded by the World Bank and implemented by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) has made several officials of the board uncomfortable as it questions their competence.

A senior official of the WBPCB, who is also a member of the team co

Kolkata, 11 Oct: The noise level and other environment-related parameters would be monitored by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board during the Puja festival beginning this week.
A number of teams will monitor noise pollution from microphones and crackers from 13 October till October 17 in and around Kolkata, WBPCB chairman, Prof.

The state government on Tuesday blamed the railway authorities for the slow progress of the East-West Metro project that aims to connect Sector V with Howrah Maidan.

In an unseemly hurry the state finance minister, Mr Asim Dasgupta, today
announced that the state government would declare eight districts
drought-affected if there is a rainfall deficit till 15 August which is the
deadline for paddy transplantation.

Fireworks display during festive celebrations can cause acute short term air pollution. Deepawali –the festival of light– is celebrated in India, every year during October or November with great fireworks display.

A quiet movement in health care has been unfolding in the rural interiors of West Bengal, improving the lives of thousands of people in villages where no doctor has ever been before. It is an effort defined by vision and commitment and is far removed from the CPI(M)-led Left Front, which has spent 30 years in power in the state.

Kolkata: Land acquisition in Bengal has taken a backseat. But in some pockets, a reverse trend is emerging.

Over the past few months, owners of small plots in several parts of the state and in some cases, groups of farmers have been asking the administration to help in selling off their land because agriculture is not turning out to be viable.

A study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has found that the industries located in Haldia and Howrah add more to air pollution levels than those in Durgapur and Asansol.

Aila devastation in Howrah. Pictures by Gopal Senapati
Garbage dumped on the Howrah bank of the Hooghly
A chimney of an industrial unit belches out polluting fumes

A rare political unanimity has enabled Howrah to come up with a long-term plan to combat climate change, apparently a first in the country.