Central Pollution Control Board

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) was constituted in 1974 under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. Further, it was entrusted with the powers and functions under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. Its functions are:

  • to promote cleanliness of streams and wells in different areas of the states by prevention, control and abatement of water pollution
  • to improve the quality of air and to prevent, control or abate air pollution in the country
  • to co-ordinate the activities of the State Pollution Control Boards and resolve disputes among themand
  • to lay down, modify or annul, in consultation with the state governments concerned, the standards for stream or well, and lay down standards for the quality of air.
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