Centre recasts body overseeing National Capital Region environment
The Centre has reconstituted the Supreme Court empowered Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority or the EPCA, which is tasked with taking various measures to tackle air pollution in the National Capital Region
New Delhi: The Centre has reconstituted the Supreme Court-empowered Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority or the EPCA, which is tasked with taking various measures to tackle air pollution in the National Capital Region.
The tenure of the last EPCA expired on October 3. An order issued by the Environment Ministry on October 3 said: "...the Central government hereby re-constitutes the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority".
The ministry said that, while reconstituting the EPCA, it tried to broad-base the organisation and therefore brought in more members.
Former secretary Bhure Lal continues to be the chairman, while the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) DG Sunita Narain is one of the members.
The other members of the 20-member re-constituted authority include Ajay Mathur, who is the Director General of The Energy Research Institute (TERI), Arunabha Ghosh, the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Energy Environment and Water, Navroz K.
Dubash, the Senior Fellow for the Centre for Policy Research. Others include Vishnu Mathur, Director General, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers; Arvind Kumar, former professor of surgery, AIIMS, in New Delhi and presently Chairman Centre for Chest Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital; Krishna Dhawan, Chief Executive Officer, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi among others.
The Centre had removed a JNU professor, accused of sexual harassment, from the EPCA back in July.
The Environment Ministry, in an order issued on July 4, announced the removal of Atul Kumar Johri, a professor at the School of Life Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Johri was arrested in March for allegedly sexually harassing several women students.
Sources in the Ministry said they had reports that many of the members were not attending the meetings of the panel regularly.
The EPCA was constituted with the objective of protecting and improving the quality of the environment and preventing and controlling the environmental pollution in the National Capital Region.