In a bid to reduce air pollution, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) is all set to replace open chulhas with environment friendly pellets that generate less smoke. This initiative comes after the board introduced LPG gas connection to the roadside eateries that is safer and pollution free.
According to WBPCB officials, pellets are made of organic material and have been developed by the state MSME department in collaboration with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. “The technology has been demonstrated to the WBPCB officials on November 30 and the department is trying to popularise the use of pellets. We are now conducting a study to assess the exact extent of reduction in pollution level with the use of pellets. But there is no doubt that it will be considerably less,” a senior WBPCB official said.
“We are trying to introduce cleaner fuel in eateries and in addition to the gas ovens that we have started distributing in roadside stalls, we are planning to introduce pellets. I am told that the pellets are much less polluting but some market economy has to kick in so that there are some manufacturers who come and help us with the manufacture of these pellets that can be popularized,” a senior official said.
The senior official also said that the state government is ready to create an eco-system and framework for the manufacturers so that they can thrive and survive and at the same time contribute to the societal needs.
Earlier the WBPCB has distributed nearly 3,000 gas ovens with LPG cylinders to wayside eateries in Kolkata and its surrounding areas. “So far we have distributed 1800 has been distributed in Kolkata Police area, over 800 in Howrah Commissionerate area and another 230 have been distributed in Bidhannagar Commissionerate area. We have plans to gradually distribute the same in all the police commissionerate areas and municipal areas in the state,” the official added.
Source: Times of India