PHD CHAMBER SEEKS BREATHER TO INSTALL EFFLUENT QUALITY MONITORING SYSTEM IN INDUSTRIAL UNITS

PHD CHAMBER SEEKS BREATHER TO INSTALL EFFLUENT QUALITY MONITORING SYSTEM IN INDUSTRIAL UNITS

PHD CHAMBER SEEKS BREATHER TO INSTALL EFFLUENT QUALITY MONITORING SYSTEM IN INDUSTRIAL UNITS

 

No.PR-218
March 20, 2015
New Delhi
 

PHD CHAMBER SEEKS BREATHER TO INSTALL EFFLUENT QUALITY MONITORING SYSTEM IN INDUSTRIAL UNITS
 

ASKS GOVT. TO HOLD THE ISSUE IN ABEYANCE
 

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the government to give sufficient time to India Inc. for installation of online effluent quality monitoring system in their industrial units.
 

The Chamber has pointed out that the guideline prescribed for accomplishing the job by 31st of March is too early to undertake the job and thus it demanded that so long as industry is adequately geared up to comply with the directives, such a directive be held in abeyance.
 

In a representation sent to the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, the President of the Chamber Mr. Alok B. Shriram said, “The industry has been given directions to install online effluent quality monitoring system at the final outlet of the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) for the measurement of the parameters flow, pH, COD, BOD and other sector specific parameters by not later than 31st March 2015 and transmission of online data so generated to SPCB and CPCB system as well.   The cost of putting up this system runs in lakhs of rupees”.
 

Mr. Shriram pointed out that inconveniences and financial hardship have arisen out of this directive as online effluent quality monitoring systems are available with two government’s approved companies which cost heavily and industry is not yet prepared for this and thus seeks time for the job.
 

The Chamber representation has also drawn attention to the fact that the industrial units have already installed Effluent Treatment Plants and running them for treatment of the effluent.  The SPCB officials keep on visiting the industrial units from time to time and also collecting effluent samples for monitoring purposes. Wherever deficiencies have occurred, appropriate action has been taken by the CPCB.  Thus the industry is fully conscious of its responsibilities and complying with the requirements and maintaining the parameters.
 

The imposition of above stipulation i.e. “Online effluent quality monitoring system” is thus an additional exercise and this requires huge investment running into lakhs of rupees  and  it is not possible to install the online monitoring system without proper  knowhow and verification of the efficacy, accuracy and reliability of equipment's . The Medium and Small Scale Industry is already hard pressed on account of economic viability and financial crunch.  Any additional burden would cripple their economic viability.
 

While the spirit of the Act is to ensure compliances, which the industry is already doing, hence it is our humble prayer to the Ministry to please revisit and review this requirement in the interest of health of industry and its survival.  Till such time the directive may be kept under abeyance because it has already created ripples in the industrial sector or a   minimum of one year time limit should be given for the implementation of the online effluent quality monitoring system.
 

ENDS
 

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)