June 05, 2014, Vatva, Gujarat
Launching of “Industrial Environment Improvement Drive in Gujarat”
On the occasion of the World Environment Day, the one month long “Industrial Environment Improvement Drive” was launched by Honb’le Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mrs. Anadiben Patel at GIDC Industrial Estate, Vatva on June 5, 2014. During the Drive, various activities including plantation and removal of waste dumps are planned to be taken up in selected industrial estates.
The launching of the Drive took place at the Centre of Excellence of the Vatva Industries Association. Present on the occasion were Mr. Ganpatsinh Vasava, Hon’ble Minister for Forests & Environment, Government of Gujarat, Mr. Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Hon’ble Minister of State for Law, Government of Gujarat, Mrs. Minakshiben Patel, Hon’ble Mayor of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Mr. Guruprasad Mahapatra, Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Mr. B. B. Swain, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), Dr. K. U. Mistry, Chairman, GPCB, Mr. Hardik Shah, Member Secretary, GPCB, and Mr. Raghu Babu Nukala, Senior Technical Advisor & Programme Coordinator, GIZ-IGEP. About five hundred representatives of industries and industry associations were present for the launch function.
The Drive will take place from 5th June to 5th of July, 2014 in the industrial estates of Vatva, Vapi and Narol of Gujarat. The event is conceptualised by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) with the technical support from GIZ under the Indo-German Environment Partnership (IGEP) Programme, and is being implemented by the industries associations in the respective industrial estates. The Drive in Vatva and Narol has a strong support from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
The Industrial Environment Improvement includes clean up drive for removal waste dumps, tree plantation drive to increase greenery in the industrial areas, interactive sessions between experts and industries, knowledge seminars, and environmental awareness campaigns. Additionally, volunteering industries will undertake similar activities in their premises and will also undertake activities to benefit the society as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.