THE STATE’S first hazardous waste treatment and disposal facility will become operational next week at Pithampur. The facility is part of the Rs 73.29 crore Auto Cluster Project sanctioned by the Centre under the Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (IIUS) in 2004.
Hyderabad-based Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd has set up the facility on a BOT basis at an estimated cost of Rs 36 crore. The project has been part-financed by Pithampur Auto Cluster Private Ltd, a special purpose vehicle formed for the integrated development of automobile industry in the Pithampur industrial area.
Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd Vice-President Vijay Shirguppi told Hindustan Times that the facility has a disposal capacity of 30,000 tonne per month and will cater to the needs of industries across the State. The company specialises in environment-related areas and is amongst the largest waste management companies in India. It has taken up at least eight projects for the construction of treatment, storage and disposal facilities across the country.
Sources in MP Pollution Board said that until recently industries in the State sent hazardous waste to other states like Gujarat for disposal. However, with facilities running to capacity, Gujarat is reluctant to allow hazardous waste from other states for disposal.
Hazardous waste is a term used for any discarded liquid or solid that contains substances known to be fatal to humans or laboratory animals in low doses. This waste can be anything from pesticides to toxic by-products from the industrial sector and come in various forms.
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests promulgated the Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules in 1989 and initiated efforts to draw up inventories of hazardous waste generated in the country. However, the implementation of the rules remains sluggish with a number of industries not making efforts to ship hazardous waste to the disposal facilities.