of Environment and Pollution Control Board- Are they one and the same?
They are different. But both
are striving for environmental protection.
The Department of Environment is performing
several key functions relating to overall
environmental amelioration of the State, which
include policy formulation, project implementation,
programme coordination, appraisal and monitoring. Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board is the enforcing
authority of the environmental laws by monitoring
pollution levels and taking appropriate legal
action against the defaulters.
2.What are the duties and responsibilities of
The Department of
Environment has been entrusted with the
of major projects like pollution abatement
in the Cauvery River System, pollution abatement
in Chennai City Waterways, National Lake Conservation
Programme and all aspects of environmental
amelioration other than those dealt with by
the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.
3.Please inform whether the Department of Environment
has undertaken any study concerning most important
environmental issues of Tamil Nadu?
SoE Cell of the Department
of Environment has prepared the SoE Report,
SoE Atlas, SoE photo and video catalogue of
4.Please inform whether the Department of Environment
has issued Citizens' Charter on environment?
Can I get a copy?
Citizen's Charter on Environment
has been framed. You can get a hard
copy from the Department of Environment, Chennai.
It is also available in the website.
For our research we would like to make use
of your library. Will you permit?
ENVIS Centre of the Department of Environment
has a digitized library. Students, research
scholars and public can make
use of our library for their research and
their reference purposes. Any query related to the State of Environment
may be sent to the ENVIS Centre.
6. Can I get
an appointment in the Department of Environment?
Recruitments will be made
only through the Tamil Nadu Public Service
Commission or through the employment exchange
following the procedure for recruitment to
are the eligibility norms for applying for
grant for conducting awareness activities ?
1) Your Organization should
be registered under Societies Act/Trust Act.
2) Social Welfare and
should be conducted for a minimum period of three years.
3) Your Organization should
not be under black list pointed out by the
Central/ State Governments.
4) Your Organization should
have created an impact on environmental/ social welfare programmes and
are the areas/fields for which financial assistance
being given by your department?
Financial assistance are
being given for conducting training, workshops on environmental
Please inform whether Environment awards are
given by your department every year?
Yes. Environmental awards
are being given every year on the World Environment
Day, (i.e) the 5th of June. The application
forms may be downloaded from the Department of
Environment website. Wide publicity is also
given in the newspapers.
are eligible for applying for environmental
Any individual or NGO
or Institution involved in exemplary work in
the field of Environmental Awareness, Protection,
Management or Research, is eligible to apply
for Environmental awards.
does the department of environment do for
the abatement/prevention of pollution of rivers,
lakes and ponds?
The Department has been
the centrally sponsored schemes for cleaning
the River Cauvery, Vaigai and Tamiraparani
along various towns viz., Tiruchy,
Kumarapalayam, Bhavani, Thanjavur,
Kumbakonam, Karur, Mayiladuthurai, Madurai
and Tirunelveli. Environmental upgradation
through bioremediation of Ooty and Kodaikanal
Lakes are being undertaken under National
Lake Conservation Programme. The activities
are being coordinated with the implementing
agencies like Metro Water (CMWSSB), Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) and PWD.
sewerage from the neighboring houses stagnates
in front of my house. What am I to do to stop
A complaint may be given
to the local body officials. (City Corporation/
Municipality/Town Panchayat or Panchayat Union)
my town there is a proposal for setting up
of an Industrial unit, which will affect the environment. As a citizen,
what am I to do?
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board Head
Office in Chennai or District Environmental
Engineer of your district may be contacted to
know the details.
there any law to protect our Coastal area?
Yes. Coastal Zone
is being protected through the
implementation of Coastal Regulation
Zone (CRZ) Notification 1991.
have a piece of land along the coast. Is it
possible to know the status of my land in
reference to CRZ zonation ?
Town and Country Planning
Department/Chennai Metropolitan Development
Authority (CMDA) may be approached in this
regard. Broad classification of areas coming
under CRZ-I, II and III is available in this
office. Survey number wise details and FMB
sketch may have
to be obtained from the VAO. From the above
and the HTL map available in the Directorate,
the CRZ zonation can be ascertained.
is the procedure to get CRZ clearance?
Apply to the District
Collector who is the Chairman of the District
Coastal Zone Management Committee in the
prescribed application form along with the
inform whether under the CRZ Notification,
is it necessary for an industry established
before such notification to get clearance?
It is not necessary to get
clearance to those industries which were operating
prior to 1991, under CRZ notification provided
they have proof for it. But they should get
clearance for the following activities:
(a) Expansion of the industries
(b) When there is a change in the scope of
the project after 1991.
18.What is ENVIS and its objectives?
ENVIS is a decentralised
system with a network of distributed subject
oriented Centres ensuring integration of
national efforts in environmental information
collection, collation, storage, retrieval and
dissemination of information on State of
Environment of Tamil Nadu.
is NGC and its objectives?
NGC stands for National Green
Corps which is a programme to educate
children about their immediate environment and
impart knowledge about the eco-systems, their
inter-dependence and their need for survival,
through visits and demonstrations and to
mobilise youngsters by instilling in them the
spirit of scientific inquiry into
environmental problems and involving them in
the efforts of environmental preservation.
objectives of NGC are
- To make children understand environment
and environmental problems
- To provide environmental education
opportunities for school children
- To utilize the unique position of school
children as conduits for awareness of the
society at large
- To facilitate children’s participation
in decision making in areas related to
environment and development
- To bring children into direct contact
with the environmental problems facing the
society they live in and make them think of
there any Government Order for making Environment
as an Agenda in the 'Grama Sabha' meetings?
Yes. Rural Development Department
in its Letter No.104532/2001 dated 28.12.2001,
had issued instructions to include solid waste
management, desiltation of tanks and ponds
and tree planting as an 'Agenda' in the 'Grama
21.What is ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 is an internationally
recognized environmental management system
standard, similar in structure to the ISO
9000 quality management system. ISO 14001
outlines several key requirements to which
companies should comply in order to operate
in an environmentally responsible manner.
The five major elements of EMS requirements
are Environmental Policy, Planning, Implementation
and operation, Checking and corrective actions
and Management review. The advantages to be
gained through the implementation of ISO 14001
include risk reduction, cost reduction and
increased competitive advantages.
Is it safe to keep cooked food articles in
It is safe to keep the cooked
food articles in white poly bags (unrecycled),
while it is not safe to keep the cooked food
articles in recycled, coloured poly bags because
the coloured poly bags contain chemical pigments
which are harmful for health.