Pollution board fails to perform

BANGALORE: In a rare administrative action, the state government could soon supersede theKarnataka State Pollution Control Board for repeated non-compliance of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India’s observations.

The board’s recent failure includes utilization of only 5% of Rs 100 crore given by the Centre for pollution-control measures and 46 polluting industries functioning in the vicinity of theThippagondanahalli reservoir despite a ban on development activities around it.

Taking serious note of the lapses, the ecology and environment department issued a show-cause notice to board chairman AS Sadashiva stating that none of the listed duties are being performed by the board and therefore the government would supersede it.

Comment : All govt departments and agencies in reality are lobbies for special interest groups. The special interest groups maybe political parties, citizen groups or multinational corporations. The solution to this problem is not more regulation and more laws but to enforce private property rights and contracts. Citizens should be able to sue polluters in courts.

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