Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated the building of Regional Office and Laboratory of the H.P State Pollution Control Board at Shubhkhera, near Paonta Sahib in district Sirmaur. These buildings will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 3.19 crore and will be equipped with latest equipments and infrastructure.He also laid foundation stone of bus stand building at Paonta Sahib to be constructed at a cost of rupees five crore.The Chief Minister planted pollution abatement plants viz Amla, Har Shingar, Neem, Jamun, Arjun and Kachnar in the upcoming Regional Office and Laboratory complex.The Regional Office and Laboratory at Paonta Sahib is functioning since 1941 and catering to the requirement of industries, hotels, lime stone mines, STPs and urban local bodies. It is empowered to discharge its functions under the provisions of Water Prevention and Control Pollution Act, 1974, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and Environment Protection Act, 1986. During the year 2017-18, the Regional office conducted 1172 inspections and regional laboratory analyzed 887 samples of water, waste, air and solid waste in Kala Amb and Paonta Sahib areas.It is pertinent to mention here that in Sirmaur district, there are 1128 industries and it has two major industrial areas i.e. Kala Amb and Paonta Sahib with 685 industries.MP Virender Kashyap, MLA Sukhram Chaudhary, Additional Chief Secretary, Environment, Science and Technology Manisha Nanda, Member Secretary of Pollution Control Board Dr. R.K Purthi were also present on the occasion.