Training Programme on “Green Industrial Parks- planning, greening and retrofitting”
December 15-17, 2015; Kolkata, West Bengal
A three-day trainng programme on “Green Industrial Parks - planning, greening and retrofitting” was organized on December 15-17, 2015 at Kolkata by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH for the officers of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC). The programme was attended by 23 officials of WBIDC and the West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBIIDC). Mr Raghu Babu Nukala and Ms Anshika Gupta from GIZ were the trainers.
The training programme was taken up in reponse to WBIDC‘s request. The training programme was designed to induce strategic thinking into WBIDC and WBIIDC for planning of new industrial parks and retrofitting of old industrial parks incorporating “green” and sustainability aspects, so as to ensure sustainable industrial production in West Bengal. The key contents of the training programme were:
- Siting and site master planning [land use compatibility and negative impacts; multi-criteria quality parameters to match international standards – economic, environment, social, technical, innovation, process]
- Infrastructure and services [basic infrastructure- e.g. standard road cross sections integrated with sewers, drains etc.; environmental infrastructure- e.g. waste and wastewater management; technical infrastructure- e.g. renewable energy, green buildings; innovation- e.g. industrial symbiosis]
- Strategic approaches for sustainable industrial development [e.g. vision/strategy development]
- Organisational and capacity development aspects [functioning of WBIDC/WBIIDC; industrial estate management etc.]
The programme had a rich mix of theory and practice. The unique training aids developed by the Buro Happold Engineering, Berlin for GIZ were extensively used, besides using the learnings from the pilot work taken up by GIZ in Telangana. The programme was designed to support the participants with improved knowledge on: site selection for industrial estates; site master planning of industrial estates integrating international standards; improved planning and designing of basic infrastructure in industrial estates; retrofitting strategies for existing industrial estates (including waste and wastewater management); “greening” of industrial estates and strategies for capacity development, and making industrial development attractive and sustainable in West Bengal.
The practical sessions/group work included:
- Field visits to an industrial area to understand the adequacy of the site master planning undertaken in the past and the adequacy of the infrastructure, services and management.
- Group work on preparing retrofitting concepts for an industrial park and a growth centre.
- Interactive session to identify the capacity development requirements.
In the concluding session, presentations were made by the participants before the Principal Secretary, Mr. S. Kishore of the Commerce & Industries Department of the Government of West Bengal and Mr P. Kamalakanth, Executive Director of WBIDC. The Hon’ble Minister for Commerce & Industries, Dr. Amit Mitra interacted with the participants and the trainers and gave away certificates of participation.
A technical session in progress
Participants in the Training Programme during visit to Food Park
Dr. Amit Mitra, Hon’ble Minister for Industries & Commerce, Government of West Bengal giving away a certificate of participation