MAFSU V-C stresses on compact ETPs for max treatment at minimum cost

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2018 09:19:32


Staff Reporter,

Scientists should work on reduction of water consumption and effective treatment processes in slaughterhouses and dairy industries, said Dr Ashish Paturkar, Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU).

Dr Paturkar pointed out that there was a discrepancy in capacity of slaughterhouses and waste treatment systems. He advised the scientists and industries to design compact Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) for maximum treatment at minimum cost. “The industries should also make profit through recycling of waste from slaughterhouses and dairy industries,” he suggested.

MAFSU Vice-Chancellor was speaking at a meeting organised by CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) at NEERI Auditorium on Thursday to strengthen the partnership with slaughterhouses and dairy industries for environmental protection. Dr Paturkar inaugurated the meet. R K Rathod, Senior Manager, Mother Dairy, Nagpur; and Dr Rakesh Kumar, Director, CSIR-NEERI, were the guests of honour. Dr N N Rao, Chief Scientist, and Dr Girish Pophali, Principal Scientist, also shared the dais on this occasion.

Addressing the participants, Dr Paturkar said that there was a need to assess the status of India in terms of water consumption and waste management at slaughterhouses and dairy industries. These industries should treat waste water before discharging it into environment, he added. He advocated that though environmental norms were enough, change in mindset was essential to protect environment from these industries.

Rathod observed that dairy industry consumed a lot of water. Therefore, he said, efficient water use and effluent management by dairy processing industry are very much needed. A proper ratio of milk and water should be maintained by the industry, as milk already contains 80 per cent water. He stressed on the need to use more anaerobic treatment systems for methane production from dairy wastewater which can be used as a biofuel. He urged the scientists to explore more environment-friendly processes for treatment of dairy wastewater.

Earlier, Dr Rakesh Kumar delivered welcome address. He and said that CSIR-NEERI had provided solutions to various industries for waste water treatment and management. He informed that NEERI had played a vital role in setting up common ETPs in Rajasthan, Delhi, and Punjab. He advised the participants to understand the processes, customise those at industry level, and spread the outcome of the meeting to consultants and practitioners.

During the meeting, participants were enlightened on various issues like segregation, processing, recovery of value-added products from waste, along with implementation of policies.

Dr Girish Pophali gave an overview of the meet. Dr A K Bansiwal, Head, Business Development Group, briefed about significant achievements of CSIR-NEERI and explored business opportunities. The representatives from State Pollution Control Boards, Central Pollution Control Board, urban local bodies, industries and research institutions participated in the programme. The scientists Pravin Manekar and Dr Sukdeb Pal were involved in organising it. Dr Rima Biswas Mondal, Scientist, conducted the proceedings.