Common plant to treat industrial waste in PCMC

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

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