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

Tirruppur; February 27, 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 “Sustaining CETPs in India: Challenges and Solutions” on February 27, 2014 in Tiruppur. The participants were from the CETP associations, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, textile associations, and technology suppliers from Tirruppur and Coimbatore regions.  In the Round Table, 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 including the aspects of Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD). The second session was open for the discussions, where Mr. Hrishikesh Mahadev, GIZ moderated the session. The key points arising from the discussions are:

There are no service providers for sector specific waste water treatment. It would have been useful if such service would have piloted treatment technologies in Indian conditions and shared pros and cons with the industry.Cost of colour removing resin is significantly high and has direct impacts on the operations of MVR (Mechanical Vapor recompression). Economical way of removing colour is critical.Issue related to salt separation, recovery & disposal needs critical and in-depth analysis for evolving at economical solutions.Cost of operation of ZLD has made the participating industries vulnerable to the market competition and buyers are now choosing more from Bangladesh as there is no such waste water treatment restriction.

Some of the other important issues which were highlighted by the participants include, option of chlorination for colour removal, Eco-labelling of ZLD, Duty exemption for replacement items, deep sea disposal, sharing of CETP and transfer of shares, technology suppliers liability, exemption from VAT for CETP machines, establishing a dedicated “effluent management institute” at national level, Interest fee loan and subsidy for “green” power. 

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