“Reengineered Primary Treatment System” inaugurated
Process of zero discharge will bring in overall benefits to the society
“Leather industries should consider effluent treatment as a business process”
AMBUR: Industries must focus on sustainable development and develop a system, which does not put pressure on the available natural resources, Anwarul Hoda, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India (GOI), said here Thursday.
Participating at the inauguration of “Reengineered Primary Treatment System” of Thuthipet and Maligaithope Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) under the Industrial Infrastructure Up-gradation Scheme, Mr. Anwarul Hoda said that industries should use the available natural resources in a sustainable manner. Days had gone where development was the motto of industries.
He said that 20 years back a situation existed where there was very little consciousness about the need to protect the environment. As plenty of natural resources were available, no one ever imagined that a situation would arise where water and air would become scarce.
Scarcity was mainly due to the boom in population and industries. The Central Government, after the economic reforms in 1991-1992, made it clear that all entrepreneurs and industries should be able to function without a license.
After that the “hands-off” policy on industries was brought about. Industries could expect the Government only to provide the needed infrastructure.
It was made clear that there would be no more subsidisation on investment or production.
The Government was willing to provide assistance, only when the societies as a whole got spin-off benefits from expenditure when subsidised.
Mr. Anwarul Hoda said that leather industries in Tamil Nadu, which had to face lot of difficulties in the early 70s and 80s, were in the process of coming out with flying colours.
They were in the process of meeting out the obligation of zero discharge. The process of zero discharge would bring in overall benefits to the society. Farmers and the public, by and large, would not suffer from further depletion of ground water.
Presiding over the function Dr. N. Sundaradevan, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, said that leather industries, along with automobiles and textiles sector, were the backbone for economic development in the State.
Leather industries passed through rough weather in the early 70s and 80s due to pollution problem. As the Supreme Court intervened many of the leather industries had to close down across the State.
Dr. Sundaradevan said that 970 leather units had registered with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. Out of this, 165 units had been closed and 613 units had been the members of CETP.
A total of 192 leather units had their own CETP. In Vellore alone, out of the total 601 leather units, 392 units had joined together with 10 CETP. It became an inbound duty to take the process of CETP to the stage of logical conclusion. Leather industries should consider treatment of effluents as a regular business process. M. Rafeeque Ahamed, Chairman, Ambur Economic Development Organisation Ltd, said that the Central Government had sanctioned Rs.67.33 crore for the Industrial Infrastructure Up-gradation Scheme.
The components of the project were wastewater treatment plants at three locations, sludge disposal facility at two locations, and road improvement plan. The common facilities included testing centre, product display centre conference facility and cafeteria.
N. Mohammed Sayeed, Chairman, Ambur Tannery Effluent Treatment Corporation Ltd, proposed a vote of thanks.