NEW DELHI: In another apparent industry-friendly move, the government has simplified the measurement of pollution in industrial clusters. The environment ministry, with the full backing of the states, has tweaked the comprehensive environmental pollution
index (CEPI), a composite measurement of air and water pollution and land degradation that is used in 88 industrial clusters.
The CEPI is based on parameters such as the nature of toxins, the scale of industrial activities, the level of ambient pollution, impact on humans and eco-geological features and the number of people potentially affected within
a 2 km radius. It has a maximum composite score of 100. The two parameters have been dropped when awareness about the adverse impact of pollution is growing.