Fighting against POLLUTION to Save Environment
Achievements in Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

(1982 - 2003)

1982-1986 : The first posting was at Air Pollution Control Cell (APCC), Sectional Office-Delhi Chandigarh. APCC was newly created in CPCB so as to initiate follow-up actions in the wake of Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. This Act was passed by the Parliament in 1981 but Rules for implementation were not yet notified. The APCC was a small group of two scientists and two engineers with skeleton supporting staff and a couple of scientific assistants. The Cell was headed by the Member Secretary and day-to-day activities were supervised by the scientist who was senior most in the APCC. The important achievements while working in the APCC are:

  1. Inventory of point sources of water and air pollution in Wazirpur industrial area, at Delhi, in February, 1982. This included quantification and characterisation of effluent drains/sewers in this cluster of SSI units. Considering the lack of techno-economic viability of the SSI Units to put ETP for each unit, the idea/concept of Common Effluent Treatment Plants was evolved for the first time in India.

  2. Assessment of effects of air emissions from Namrup fertilizer Plant on Tea plantations in Assam. The study included air pollution effects on tea leaves, air quality monitoring, and prediction of different scenarios using mathematical modelling for air quality.

  3. Initial environmental impact assessment (EIA) study for the proposed pulp and paper mill (100,000 MT/year) at Jagiroad in Assam. This was the first study of its kind and formed the basis of future EIA requirements under the environment protection regulations.

  4. Performance evaluation study of the industrial effluent treatment plant of the Indian Oil Refinery at Digboi (Assam).

  5. Quantification and characterisation of trade effluent drains at Gauhati Refinery, Gauhati (Assam).

  6. Survey of pollution caused due to oil drilling operations in Dibrugarh area in Assam.

  7. Study of water quality of Barapani lake near Shillong in Meghalaya.

  8. Study of impact of auto-exhaust lead pollution on vegetation at traffic intersections in Delhi.

  9. Study of the environmental damage due to lethal chemical Catastrophe in Bhopal.

  10. Ambient air quality monitoring and monitoring of work environment in the surroundings of aluminium industries in Norway.

  11. Stack emission monitoring at thermal power plants in Delhi.

  12. Setting up of laboratory for air pollution / monitoring studies.

1987 -1991 : Dr. Boralkar joined Sectional Office of CPCB at Ponda, Goa in Jan, 1987. CPCB also functions as State Board This office was responsible for implementation of water and air pollution regulations in the then Union Territory of Goa, Daman, Div and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The activities in this office were mainly as under:

  1. Strengthening of laboratory at Ponda, Goa.

  2. Consent management

  3. Implementation of standards.
Subsequent to formation of Goa State, CPCB shifted its office to Vadodara (Gujarat) and designated it as western zonal office for coordination of pollution control activities in the States of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

1991 -1993 : Dr. Boralkar was transferred in June, 1991 from Vadodara to CPCB Head Office in Delhi. Till July, 1993, he worked in Pollution Control Planning Division. The activities mainly included:

  1. Bilateral Programmes.

  2. ECOMARK Scheme for labelling of environment friendly consumer products.

  3. World Bank Project on capacity building in Central and State Pollution Control Boards.

  4. Parliamentary matters.

1993 -1996 : Dr. Boralkar was on deputation from August, 1993 to February, 1996 to Maharashtra Pollution Control Board as Senior Scientific Officer, in-charge of Central Laboratory.

1996 -2003 : In March, 1996 Dr. Boralkar returned to his parent department i.e. Central Pollution Control Board at Delhi and was given posting as Assistant Secretary. During his tenure in CPCB, Dr. Boralkar led the field in the matter of industrial hazardous waste management – a subject on which he was nominated as Member of Supreme Court High Powered Committee Chaired by Prof. M.G.K. Menon (1997-2002). Later, the Supreme Court nominated him to its Monitoring Committee (2003-2007) as well. Dr. Boralkar then wrote an entire book on “Waste Minimisation” (2006) as a result of experiences gained with the hazardous waste committees.

Dr. Boralkar was a member of the Indian Delegation (deputed by the Ministry of Environment & Forests) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes at Geneva during the period 1997-2003. He has also been a Member of several high level technical expert committees and made significant contributions while serving on these assignments.

Note : Dr. Boralkar was on deputation from November, 2003 to May, 2007 to Maharashtra Government as Member Secretary of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board. After completion of tenure at MPCB, Dr. Boralkar joined CPCB on 1.6.2007 and then proceeded on long leave and took voluntary retirement with effect from 19.11.2008.