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Vellore: Round Table on “Sustaining CETPs in India: Challenges and Solutions”

Vellore ; February 25, 2014

GIZ-IGEP in association with the Tamil Nadu Water Infrastructure Cooperation (TWIC) and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) organised a Round Table on February 25, 2014 at Vellore.  The participants of the Round Table included CETP associations, tannery associations and technology suppliers from Vellore. In the Round Table, the issues, challenges and solutions of CETPs were discussed.

The programme started with introduction and objective of the Round Table by Mr. Debajit Das, GIZ. He presented the issues and barriers of CETPs in India in terms of technical, managerial and financial aspects. Mr. Sajid Hussain gave a presentation on challenges from Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) in the CETPs of Tamil Nadu. He emphasized the issues related to ZLD, salt waste disposal, RO reject, financial viabilities of ZLD and policy aspects. The second session was open for the discussions, where Mr. Hrishikesh Mahadev from GIZ moderated the session. The summary of points from the discussions include:

There is severe lack of service providers for sector specific treatment measures. The technology supplier who have been supplying technology (specially the ZLD related) in the region should have piloted certain treatment technologies suiting to the local conditions and shared the pros and cons of the treatment technology for enabling the CETP plants to take decisions.The regulatory authorities should also provide adequate time to operators to undertake experiments/pilot test studies before suggesting any new concept to be adopted by CETPs.There is no single operator for different operations like collection, conveyance, disposal, RO, MEE CETP etc.There should be a subsidy component for taking care of the high energy cost in operating RO, MEE and other energy intensive treatment technologies.  The energy generation plants like co-generation plants, solar, other renewable energy systems should be subsidised.  In the present scheme for up-gradation, the number of years for eligibility of up-gradation should be reduced. The government should encourage and provide subsidy where the waste from CETP is reused for industrial purposes.The issue of sludge management and disposal should be considered critically and measures should be evolved on urgent basis to tackle in an effective manner.The lab facility for CETP should be standardised and standard training for lab operators should be organised and promoted. Training is also very crucial for operation and management of CETPs. The pollution control board should encourage certified operators. Industry should also sponsor these training courses.Pre-treatment standards for homogeneous clusters should be removed for SS, BOD, COD, chlorides, and sulphates.