Common plant to treat industrial waste in PCMC

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Indian Express: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is in talks with the PCMC and industries in the area to set up a Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) to treat the 6 lakh litre of industrial effluents generated daily from nearly 296 small-scale industries in the area.

The common effluent plant is aimed at checking the massive river-pollution in PCMC area, listed among the five highly polluted industrial areas in the state by the MPCB.

“MPCB is likely to submit a feasibility report in a month, while the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce of Industries and Agriculture(MCCIA) members have to take the lead and appoint an agency to ready a project report. We have had preliminary meetings and once the plan is ready, we can seek state and central funds,’’ said PCMC Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi.

The meeting was held last week, and several meetings are lined up this month.

MPCB Pune regional officer AD Mohekar said the first meeting discussed the programme to be implemented with the help of the industries and the PCMC. “While 6 lakh litre of effluents will be treated, it has been proposed that the common plant have a capacity to treat 10 lakh litre. We have suggested that effluents be collected in tankers and brought to the treatment plant. We have asked MIDC to give us land for the plant,’’ said Mohekar.

Directives had been issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for establishment of new CETPs in an industrial estate or a cluster of small-scale industries, and the initiative in PCMC has been pending for long. Recently they released a list of 43 industrial clusters in the country where pollution had reached alarming levels and the list had PCMC, too. There are around 8,000 industries big and small in the area, and major industries have their own treatment plants. It’s the smaller ones that need a common treatment plant, said Pardeshi.

MCCIA secretary Deepak Karandikar who had attended the preliminary meeting said such plants are common in other industrial areas and PCMC needs one, too.

“While big industries have their own plants, small industries need to have this facility. They can pool in. We are pushing for it,’’ said Karandikar.

The MCCIA is planning to ready a DPR within three months, which will be followed by appointment of consultants, preferably from the IIT, before funds are sought from the centre and state. “If all permissions are in, we should see the plant in operation within 24 months. We will start collection of detailed data in the area soon,’’ said Karandikar

According to funding guidelines, the central assistance will be restricted to 50% of the total project cost while the state share will be 25%. The project proponent’s contribution shall be 25 per cent of which at least 15 per cent shall be its contribution and the rest could be raised from banks or other financial institutions.

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