Nearly half a century ago, with the enactment of the Water Act (1974), India took the first significant step to control industrial pollution. Since then, hundreds of rules, regulations and notifications have been issued to control industrial pollution. But despite the presence of these laws, pollution from industrial sources continue to be a significant problem. The key reasons include outdated standards, inadequate monitoring and enforcement, weak capacity of regulators and challenges in upgrading and using modern technologies.
Our industrial pollution programme is focussed on strengthening monitoring, compliance and enforcement, and building the capacity of industries and regulators on best practices. We are also focused on finding innovative solutions to upscale pollution prevention and control from small-scale industries.