Volume No. 2 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 197-207 October-December 200




Ravindra K. Lad*, Robin A. Christian1 and Ashok W. Deshpande2

1.Department of Civil Engineering, Sardar Vallabhabhai National Institute of Technology Surat (INDIA). 2. Environment Management System,University of California Berkeley California (USA)


Received on : July 27, 2007




The rapid industrialization of India in the recent past has been the striking feature of Indian economic development. The common indicators of economic welfare, such as national product and income have reflected the growth of the industry as a major indicator for the development of the nation. But other angle of industrialization has been the serious damage to the surrounding environment due to the wastes and pollutants generated from the industries. A fresh look at the pollution control strategies is, therefore, necessary. An attempt has been made to address the problem and a new formalism is proposed for classification of industry on the basis of water and air pollution potential. Vagueness in the perception of environmental experts for classification, the techno-scientific parameters in linguistic terms for the specific usage coupled with imprecision in parametric data calls for the application of fuzzy modeling. The case study relates to the application of Fuzzy Rule Based System (FRBS) for the classification of industries on the basis of pollution potential located in the State of Maharashtra and Gujarat, India. We discuss the feasibility of approach for classification of pollution potential of the industries. This approach will be helpful for Pollution Control Boards to locate the new industry on the basis of their degree of classification of pollution potential.


Keywords : Water and air pollution potential, Fuzzy modeling, Environmental experts