GPCB Chairman inaugurates SSDS plant at Vapi GIDC


Surat : Chairman of Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), Sanjeev Kumar inaugurated first Solar Sludge Drying System (SSDS) installed by the Vapi Green Enviro Limited (VGEL) on Saturday.

Kumar inaugurated the SSDS in presence of senior GPCB officials, Minister of State for Forest and Tribal development, Raman Patkar and GPCB Member Secretary, AV Shah on Saturday.

The Rs 11-crore worth of SSDS plant has been set up at the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) premises, having the daily capacity to process and dispose about 50 metric tones of sludge or solid waste generated by the industrial factories located in the Vapi GIDC.

GPCB chairman visited the Vapi industrial area to take stock of the situation and to address the long pending issues of the industries located in Vapi, Sarigam and Umbergaon on Saturday.

A joint meeting was organized by the Vapi, Sarigam and Umbergaon industries associations with GPCB chairman to discuss the issues faced by the industry owners. Forest and tribal development minister, Raman Patkar and GPCB member secretary, AV Shah were also present in the meeting.

A visual presentation was made by president of Vapi Industries Association (VIA), Kamlesh Patel in the presence of GPCB chairman and other dignitaries for increasing the capacity of the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) from 55 million liters per day (MLD) to 70 MLD  and urged the senior officials for giving away necessary approvals for the same.

The VIA office-bearers and the stakeholders from 91 different industries located in Vapi GIDC urged the GPCB officials for setting up single window process for the Environment clearance, discontinuing the process of industry closure in the event of fire or accident, relief in audit of the industries, environment clearance for the TSDF site, allowing the capacity of auto lime dosing industries to six tonnes

Shrish Desai from Sarigam industrial association urged the GPCB officials for setting up TSDF site at Sarigam and to increase greenery for maintaining the ecological balance.