Maharashtra Pollution Control Board was established on 7th September,1970 under the provisions of Maharashtra Prevention of Water Pollution Act,1969. The Water (P&CP) Act, 1974 that is a central legislation was adopted in Maharashtra on 01/06/1981 and accordingly Maharashtra Pollution Control Board was formed under the provisions of section 4 of Water (P& CP) Act, 1974. The Air (P&CP) Act 1981 was adopted in the Maharashtra in1983 and initially, some areas were declared as Air Pollution Control Area on 02/05/1983. The entire state of Maharashtra has been declared as Air Pollution Control Area since 06/11/1996. The Board is also functioning as the State Board under section 5 of the Air (P&CP) Act, 1981.