Five days training programme on “Newer Technologies for Effluent Control” commenced at NSI

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Lucknow: Five days training programme on “Newer Technologies for Effluent Control” for officers of central, state pollution control boards and technical personnel of sugar factories from different states viz. Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Odisha commenced today at National Sugar Institute, Kanpur. The programme was inaugurated by Mrs. Nilima Katiyar, Hon’ble State Minister, Higher Education, Science & Technology, Government of Uttar Pradesh. In her address, Mrs. Nilima Katiyar, Hon’ble Minister expressed her pleasure and complimented National Sugar Institute on conducting training programme on such an important issue. The state and central government are committed to combat the menace of both municipal and industrial pollution and it is the duty of every citizen to feel the onus and contribute to prevent exploitation of natural resources and polluting rivers and other natural water bodies. More such training programmes are needed to create awareness and take effective measures for controlling pollution, she said.

In his inaugural address, Prof. Narendra Mohan, Director, National Sugar Institute made a presentation on fresh water usage and effluent generation in Indian Sugar Factories. Since sugar factories produce different kind of sugars i.e. raw, refined and plantation white sugar adopting different process technologies, the effluent also differs in quality and there is need for modifying the effluent treatment systems as per requirement to have treated effluent as per norms, he stressed. While elaborating on various such technologies on “Sulphate Removal” and “Brine Recovery”, he called upon the participants to look for implementation of five R’s i.e Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew and Return so as reduce the fresh water consumption and effluent discharge.

Dr (Mrs.) Seema Paroha, Convener and Prof. Biochemistry highlighted the necessity of achieving “Zero Liquid Discharge” in molasses based distilleries by adopting incineration or bio-composting techniques. She also emphasized upon developing newer technologies of effluent treatment in distilleries and taking up production of value added potash rich fertilizer from boiler ash in combination with sludge from fermenters. Dr Ashutosh Bajpai, Prof. Sugar Tech. elaborated the process techniques of plantation white sugar and refined sugar factories being followed in Indian sugar factories and their impact on effluent quantity and quality. Shri Mahendra Yadav, Technical Officer, elaborated latest technological interventions made in the process of effluent control and treatment. The programme was conducted by Prof. D Swain, Prof. Sugar Engineering who also delivered the vote of thanks.

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