Effective treatment of Industrial & hazardous waste is of immense importance in order to maintain an eco-friendly and sustainable environment. While industrial growth is necessary environmental protection is important too.
However what is often not realised is that while this waste is being generated there is a sizeable demand for this waste in the marketplace, where there are buyers for it.
Identifying this as an opportunity the Chief Minister Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy recently launched an online exchange for waste management on the occasion of World Environment Day.
‘This is a first of a kind initiative that has been ever taken up in India. AP is the first state in the country to do this’ said Mr Neerabh Kumar Prasad, IAS, Special Chief Secretary to Government EFS&T speaking exclusively to Vizag Industrial Scan.
Elaborating further he said that the online platform helps generators and users of waste to come on a single platform and transact while the government monitors it.
‘You can say we have created a platform like Amazon for waste. There is always demand for waste but it was being dealt unscientifically and in an unorganized manner. Now with this we have made it organized and under our purview’ said Mr Neerabh Kumar.
“We don’t want any waste to be disposed of unscientifically. We are very clear on this and have made this amply clear to the polluting industries in the state.”
Mr Neerabh Kumar Prasad, IAS Special Chief Secretary, EFS&T
On this e-platform an industry that has generated industrial waste can upload details while on the other end a unit that has means to treat/dispose it can buy it.
By digitizing waste the government has now made it accounted for while keeping a track.
And for waste that doesn’t have any takers there is TSDF (Treatment, Storage and disposal facility). Andhra Pradesh currently has two TSDFs in the state one in Vizag and the other in Nellore, both are being managed by Ramky.
Andhra Pradesh currently has two TSDFs (Treatment, Storage and Disposal facility) one in Vizag and the other in Nellore, both managed by Ramky
Government looking to increase the number of TSDFs in the state
‘We are looking to increase the number of TSDFs in the state’ said Mr Prasad.
Similarly the government is keeping a hawk eye focus on effluents going into the sea.
‘We don’t want any waste to be disposed of unscientifically. We are very clear on this and have made this amply clear to the polluting industries in the state’ said the special chief secretary.
It is informed that there are about 9 industries in the zone that currently have a marine outflow i.e. treated waste being disposed of into the sea. Over the past few months the government has asked these Industries to bring the ‘guard pond’ (pipeline) above the ground so that it is visible to everyone.
‘All 9 of them have made this pipeline visible now’ said Mr Neerabh Kumar.