Environment - Odour Pollution

“ Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived ”.
- Helen Keller (Blind and deaf educator, 1880–1968)     

Offensive odours which emanate from domestic or industrial premises can cause serious annoyance to persons in the locality.

One of the reasons we wish to take this issue under our agenda is due to a reason that we aren't aware about this pollution, like we are about air, water and sound pollution. Industry of all types, from animal husbandry to chemical plants has had to become more concentrated because of "economies of scale” , and the chemical industry in particular has also extended its range of manufactured chemicals. This has given rise to increase in odour pollution.

Where the offensive odour is caused by high concentrations, contaminants in the odour may also be causing direct health effects such as skin, eye or nose irritation, and these should be considered in addition to any potential odour impacts. Repeated or prolonged exposure to odour can lead to a high level of annoyance, and the receiver may become particularly sensitive to the presence of the odour.

Effects that have been reported by people include nausea, headaches, retching, difficulty breathing, frustration, annoyance, depression, stress, tearfulness, reduced appetite, being woken in the night and embarrassment in front of visitors. All of these contribute to a reduced quality of life for the individuals who are exposed.

To be a Statutory Nuisance, the odour needs to be witnessed as materially affecting the comfort and enjoyment of the complainant’s property or the public at large.

There is a strong possibility that the person causing the odour nuisance is unaware that they are disturbing other people.

We recommend that the first step you take is to speak to the person responsible directly.
Our job is:

  • To go hand in hand with the regulators, and help them to make India Odour Pollution free by actively involving ourselves against the industries creating it.
  • Giving recommendations to regulator on the compliances.