Pune News : Common Effluent Treatment Plant for industrial companies to come up in MIDC Bhosari

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A foundation laying ceremony was performed recently at the hands of the Shankar Waghmare (Regional Officer, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board), Sanjay Kulkarni, (Jt. City Engineer, Environment, PCMC), M S Kalkutki (Executive Engineer, MIDC, Chinchwad), Kiran Hasabnis (Sub Regional Officer, MPCB), Deepak Karandikar (President, MCCIA), Prashant Girbane (Director General, MCCIA), Satish Banwat (President, Metal Finishers’ Association of Pune), Sanjeev Shah (President, PCMC CETP Foundation). Milind Varadkar, Vivek Raut and Sandeep Hatkar, members of the PCMC CETP Foundation, and Deepak Karandikar, President, MCCIA and Sanjeev Shah President, PCMC CETP Foundation. 

A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) viz. PCMC-CETP Foundation was incorporated by the members of the Metal Finishers’ Association of Pune. Several rounds of meetings were held with the stakeholders to take the process ahead. The present and former Municipal Commissioners of PCMC, and the officials of MIDC and MPCB wholeheartedly provided crucial support and guidance in this process. 

The industrial belt of Pimpri Chinchwad is a major manufacturing hub in Maharashtra and India. There are over 4,000 small and big companies in Bhosari, Pimpri and Chinchwad MIDC areas and the adjacent areas. 

As per the data received from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, about 1,000 industrial units are categorized as Red and Orange and generate hazardous effluents and waste. However, these units do not have a facility to dispose off hazardous effluents and waste in a legal and environmentally friendly manner. This situation is contributing to soil and water pollution.

MCCIA has been following up on this matter with the Government authorities for the last couple of decades, however, no action was taken for the establishment of a CETP.

MCCIA took a constructive step and organized a meeting in January 2022, of all stakeholders viz. PCMC, MIDC, MPCB and the industry associations. During this meeting, all stakeholders unanimously agreed to provide support in the process of establishing a Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) in the MIDC areas coming under PCMC. 

MIDC has provided a plot of about 1.5 acres (Plot No. T-188/1, MIDC, Bhosari) at a nominal rate. MPCB has provided the consent data of the industrial units in the Red and Orange Categories. 

The Detailed Project Report (DPR) preparation work started in January 2023 and is expected to be completed in 3 to 4 months. 

As per the initial estimates, a plant of about 1 MLD would be required considering the quantum of effluent generation. However, the final capacity will be decided once the Detailed Project Report is ready.
PCMC has kindly agreed to bear 65% of the total project cost. MIDC and MPCB will contribute 20% and 5% respectively in the project cost and the industrial units will contribute the remaining 10% of the project cost.
The effluents will be collected from the industrial units in tankers. The industrial units generating the effluents will have to become a member of the CETP.

MCCIA is providing crucial and constructive support in establishing this CETP. This CETP, once it becomes operational, is expected to reduce soil and river pollution and thus contribute to making the PCMC clean and sustainable.

Nividita Kelapure