State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) and their counterparts in union territories, the Pollution Control Committees (PCCs), are responsible for several key functions to curb air pollution. These include granting consents, setting emission and effluent standards, monitoring compliance of industry with these standards, and enforcement action in case of violations. However, they have often come under fire for failing to effectively deliver on their mandate. Over the years, several studies have revealed that SPCBs and PCCs do not have the resources and capacity to perform the functions assigned to them under various laws. In ‘The State of India’s Pollution Control Boards’, we explore some of the key institutional issues faced by SPCBs and PCCs in the Indo-Gangetic Plain through a series of papers:
Links to all PDFs are below:
Note: This page was updated on 31/10/2022 (addressed minor errors) and on 27/04/2023 (uploaded fourth working paper).