Speed up work of CETP at MIDC Hingna Industrial Estate: MIA

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Sep 2017 09:48:44


Business Bureau,

Expressing concern over pollution of water bodies around Hingna, MIA has demanded to concerned authorities to speed up the long-pending proposal of setting up a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) at MIDC, Hingna Industrial Estate.

Addressing a press conference, Capt C M Randhir, President of MIDC Industries Association (MIA) said that industrialists were not satisfied with the existing system of effluent treatment which was eventually polluting Vena river and some other lakes. “With no common facility for the industries in Hingna MIDC, as of now the manufacturers are supposed to carry the effluent by tankers to a facility at Butibori putting a financial burden of Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per tanker on them. According to rough estimate, 25 to 30 tankers filled with effluent are being taken to Butibori every day, but it seems that there is disparity in numbers of tankers being carried out and the amount of effluent generated in the MIDC area. MIA is estimating that more than 100 tankers of the harmful effluent might be coming out of the industrial units in Hingna,” he said.

On many occasions, when the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) rejects effluent and asks the concerned manufacturers to retreat the material, they avoid the repetition and dump the harmful effluent in open places. Ideally, they are supposed to take back the effluent and minimise the quantity of harmful contents. “MIA has been demanding the facility in Hingna so that local manufacturers could save their spending on carrying effluent to treatment plant at Butibori. It is important to note that for over 15 years, MIA is struggling to built a common facility in Hingna.

There is a piece of land reserved for the purpose but for one or the other reason, the proposal of the much needed facility is the gathering dust,” said C G Shegaonkar, Secretary of MIA. MIDC has now taken the responsibility of constructing Hingna CETP. MIDC has gone door to door to assess the quantity of treated effluent from all the polluting industries. “MIA is in the process of handing over the papers for all the work done by their SIP i.e Hingna CETP Industrial Co-operative Society. This includes qualitative and quantitative analysis, sample analysis, consent to establish and environmental clearance etc.,” he said.