The Jharkhand government has launched a website to publicly display the names of polluting industrial units in the state. The move is meant to hold the industries accountable for the amount of particulate matter they release into the atmosphere.
In a release, the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) said, “This data disclosure and transparency platform is part of the pioneering Jharkhand Star Rating program that categorises industries from one star to five stars based on their PM emissions. Industries that are most polluting get one star, and five stars are awarded to those who are least polluting as per the regulators’ pollution standards. ”
The website for the Star Rating Program, www.jspcb.info, was unveiled in Ranchi on Thursday. It has a tab that helps users “find out which industries are polluting in your state”.