Spreading environmental awareness

CONSTRUCTIVE SHOW: School students take a look at the model of an electrostatic precipitator at the stall put up by BHEL, Ranipet, at the exhibition in Vellore on Friday. Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan  

Special Correspondent

Exhibition by TNPCB displays various industrial models

VELLORE: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) organised an environmental awareness exhibition here on Friday. It was held in connection with the inauguration of the office of the District Environmental Engineer, TNPCB, Vellore, by Public Works Department Minister Durai Murugan.

It proved to be highly useful to visitors, mostly school students.

One of the highlights of the exhibition was the stall put up by the Exnora Green Cross (EGC) highlighting the solid waste management projects executed by it in the Christian Medical College and the Dhanabagyam Krishnaswamy Mudaliar College for Women, Vellore.

C. Srinivasan, president, EGC, which is executing a solid waste management (SWM) project for all units of the CMC, said the EGC had evolved a model which would not only be suitable to all hospitals in the country but also to municipal bodies and other institutions. It produced 26 useful products from the wastes generated at the CMC and realised a revenue of Rs.3 lakh per month from the sale of the wastes. The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Ranipet, displayed a model of the electrostatic precipitator (a pollution control device used to clean flue gas emanating from thermal power plants) it created, while Thirumalai Chemicals Limited and Malladi Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited in the SIPCOT industrial complex in Ranipet displayed their effluent treatment plants.

The Ambur Tannery Effluent Treatment Company Limited (AMBURTEC) put up information about the common effluent treatment plants it ran in Ambur.

V.M. Khaleelur Rahman, AMBURTEC director, said the company was in the process of building a reverse osmosis plant in Thuthipet to treat effluents from 48 tanneries and another one in Maligaithope to treat effluents from 18 tanneries. Both the units would be commissioned by the first week of August, he said.

Ken Biolinx displayed the model of the treatment plant it operated in Kandippedu village for the centralised treatment of all biomedical wastes generated by the private hospitals in the district.