Lucknow: Kanpur is the 15th most polluted city in India. This is the reason for which the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has not given its nod for the city’s new project. As per the ban, a project work could only be started in Kanpur until and unless the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) gives a clean chit to these new projects vis-à-vis the city have to look into the aspect of environmental reforms.

If the directions of the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav that the 8-lane expressway between Agra-Lucknow have to go through the Kanpur industrial area are to be complied with, then the project could face a tough time for getting cleared from the CPCB.

The board has put a stay on granting clearance to those new projects which posed serious health hazards or environment threat within the 10 kilometer radius.

The Environment Ministry, in its notification issued on March 30 2012, stated that it had lifted the ban on 27 areas out of total 43 polluted areas listed earlier. The ban has also been lifted from five of the sensitive areas but Kanpur still amongst the 18 polluted areas. The Ministry has named following five industrial units of Kanpur as the most polluted areas; Dadanagar, Fazilnagar, Vijay Nagar and Jajmau.

On the parameters of Comprehensive Environment Pollution Index (CEPI) Kanpur has been given 78.09 points for the air, water and land pollution. Agra which is a sensitive area on grounds of environment and pollution, the state government will have to seek Central government’s permission to commence the expressway construction work here.

Former Director of Environment department Dr Y P Singh said, “If the expressway will cross the industrial areas or nearby areas then the state government will have to approach for the Central ministry of environment for consent. As of now, it is prohibited, so there are little chances of expressway crossing the industrial units.”
Notably, the MoEF had directed the CPCB in 1999 to lsit the 88 most sensitive industrial units of the country. The list includes Ghaziabad, Singrauli, Noida, Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi and Mirzapur.