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What can a citizen do to prevent and control pollution?

What can a citizen do to prevent and control pollution?

A citizen can do much by adopting a code of conduct for himself as per various Environmental Laws and Rules passed by the Central and State Governments to desist from all activity which may pollute the environment. He can also bring to the notice of the authorities including MPCB about the violation of laws meant to protect environment.

He can also sensitize the neighborhood about the right practices for preventing the damage to environment through Neighborhood Associations, Voluntary Organizations etc. In extra-ordinary situation, citizens have the legal right to approach the Court of Law after giving 60 days notice to MPCB and other Government Departments including the violator/s in the prescribed format.

On August 29 the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change issued an order to set up what it called a high level committee to review various Acts including the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.


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