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Pollution Control Research Institute (PCRI) set up under United Nations Development Programme evolve technologies and provides consultancy services to industrial pollution with respect to air, water, noise and solid waste.

PCRI is equipped with most modern monitoring and analytical facilities and powered by a team of highly qualified engineers and scientists. The expertise available at PCRI is continually upgraded through association with renowned experts in the field, strengthening the capabilities of the Institute. The present activities of PCRI cover the following areas:

 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Studies
 Environmental auditing
 Regional Environmental Studies including selection of Hazardous Waste disposal sites
 River Water Quality Assessment
 Consultancy services related to industrial air & water pollution contract 
 Risk Analysis & preparation of Disaster Management plan
 R&D for evolving technologies to control pollution
 Monitoring and analysis of pollution levels in air, water, solid waste samples    
 and also of  noise levels in industrial work place
Training & Development of professionals engaged in environmental 
protection and pollution abatement
 Assessment of Vehicular pollution

REPRESENTATION OF PCRI IN NATIONAL BODIES
PCRI has been represented in the following task forces, committees and national bodies:-
Environmental Protection Sectional Committee (CHD-O12) of Bureau of Indian 
Standards
Task forces constituted by Central Pollution Control Board, for the formulation of 
standards for noise pollution control
Task forces constituted by Central Pollution Control Board, for the implementation of 
emission standards in the thermal power stations
 Experts committee of NITRA, Ghaziabad
 Panel of Consultants of Punjab State council for Science & Technology

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) STUDIES

Environmental clearance is required to be obtained by industries whenever a new plant is set up or for an extension of an existing plant. Environmental impact assessment studies are conducted by PCRI for this purpose. PCRI has undertaken number of such environmental impact assessment studies leading to the environmental clearance of the projects. Our customers for EIA studies are a number of State Electricity Boards located in Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. PCRI has also conducted EIA studies for M/s Khaitan Fertilizers, Rampur and for DG based power plant in Manipur near Imphal for Manipur Govt.

PCRI is also now in the committee of experts of Haryana Govt. to evaluate and assess the proposals of Thermal Power Plants for Environmental clearance.

ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITING

As per Gazette notification issued by Minister of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India, during 1993, all industries are required to be submit Environmental Statement for the financial year by 30th September, each year to the respective State Pollution Control Boards. PCRI has prepared model documents for Ministry of Environment & Forest, for conducting environmental audit in distillery and sugar industries. Work related to detailed environmental audit and preparation of environmental statement has been undertaken by PCRI for number of engineering industry viz. M/s Shriram Piston & Rings Ltd. Ghaziabad; BEL, Kotdwar. The institute also undertook similar work for various units of BHEL viz. EPD, Bangalore; Jhansi &HEEP, Haridwar. These industries have derived considerable benefit from the Environmental Audit reports prepared by PCRI.

REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

PCRI is actively associated in conducting regional environmental studies as part of assignment given by Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. Of India. PCRI has already carried out regional environmental studies for Ministry of Environment & Forests, related to Environmental Quality in Dhanbad, Durgapur and Dehradun regions. PCRI also conducted cut environmental quality studies for Bandel and Santaldih TPS for WB State Electricity Boards. These studies included assessment of environmental quality in the region and monitoring of emissions from major polluting sources, process effluents, ambient air quality, ground water quality and other related aspects. Reports covering environmental quality prepared for the regions also included recommendations for the improvement or overall environmental quality in these regions.

Environmental Quality Studies were carried out for Agra covering assessment of impact of pollution arising form cast iron foundries on historical monuments. A detailed study was also conducted by PCRI covering various aspects of water pollution form some of the thermal power stations located in U.P. , Bihar, M.P., Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Delhi.

PCRI has undertaken an extensive survey for pollution / wastage / oil consumption on three wheelers in Delhi. This work was assigned to PCRI by Petroleum Conservation Research Association, Ministry of Petroleum, New Delhi.

PCRI carried out work related to identification and assessment of hazardous waste disposal sites in Dehradun district. This work assigned to the institute by Directorate of Environment, Govt. of U.P., Lucknow. The work includes environmental studies for the selected sites, Identification of hazardous industries in the region and design of hazardous waste disposal site for Dehradun.

RIVER WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT

National River Conservation Directorate (NRCO), Ministry of Environment and Forests Govt. of India, has entrusted to PCRI work related to assessment of water quality of Ganga river & Western Yamuna canal and Upper reaches of Ganga under Ganga Action Plant Phase-II programme. Under this programme PCRI is carrying out investigation of sources of pollution and quality of water in Ganga form Rishikesh to Garhmukteshwar and Western Yamuna canal from yamunanagar to Sonepat. The river water quality assessment studies in the Upper reaches of Ganga are being undertaken from Badrinath to Anusshahr covering Ganga and its tributary rivers Alakhnanda and Bhagirathi etc. PCRI is also carrying out performance evaluation of sewage treatment plants at Rishikesh and Hardwar under Ganga Action Plan phase - II.

PCRI conducted studies related to the Assessment of Water quality of Ganga river due to Mass bathing during Kumbh Mela ’98 at Hardwar. This work was assigned to PCRI by Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment & Forests, New Delhi.

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