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Industrial wastewater load in Kalri Bagahar Canal of Kotri will be reduced by 2.5 million gallon per day

Karachi, July 03, 2013 (PPI-OT): Industrial wastewater load in Kalri Bagahar Canal of Kotri will be reduced by 2.5 million gallon per day (MGD) after the combined effluent treatment plant (CETP) installed in Kotri industrial area with the financial assistance of Sindh Government will work at its full capacity subject to utilization of its services by all the industries of the referred area.

This was stated in a meeting held at the office of MD SITE on Wednesday here. Secretary Environment and Alternative Energy Department, Government of Sindh Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani along with Director General Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Sindh Mr. Naeem Ahmed Mughal visited the office of Managing Director, Sindh Industrial Trading Estate Limited Mr. Sajjad Hussain Abbasi to get the briefing on newly installed CETP at Kotri Industrial Area.

It was informed during the briefing that the PC-I of CETP was approved in April 2010 at the cost of Rs667 million and work was awarded to M/s ARA Joint Venture in June 2010 collaborating with M/s ARITIM MUHENDISILK (Turkish firm) who supplied technology of plant and machinery.

They were also informed that the capacity of the plant is 2.5 MGD and is installed at the land of 6.00 acres. The wastewater of nearly 99 industries situated in Kotri Industrial Area would be treated in referred CETP if all the operational industries utilize its services.

Later on expressing his views on the project, the Secretary Environment stressed to operationalise CETP on urgent basis to address the issue of disposal of wastewater into KB Feeder Canal that provides water to Karachi city through Kinjhar Lake. He also emphasized upon making appropriate arrangements for operation and maintenance of plant for its continuous functioning.

He further said that there is pressing need to install such plants in other industrial areas of the province. He advised all the industrial area associations of Sindh to take such initiative and instead of eying towards government do the needful on self-help basis to reduce the industrial pollution from the region.

Director General SEPA Mr. Naeem Ahmed Mughal stressed the need of seeking consultation by SEPA before installing such green machinery to make it more effective and result oriented. He said technical experts of SEPA are fully equipped with advance technical knowledge to help taking any type of green initiative in the province.

MD SITE said on this occasion that meanwhile CETP is fully functional strict measures will be taken to ward off any diversion of wastewater of Kotri industrial area towards any other productive purpose. He said likelihood of asking district administration of the area to impose Section 144 can also be an option to avoid any misuse of the wastewater that is presently being diverted by local people for cultivation of crops.

The representatives of SITE, officers of SEPA and experts of CETP contracting firms were also present on this occasion.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Syed Muhammad Yahya
Deputy Director (Lab)
Sindh Environmental Protection Agency
EPA-Complex, Plot # Street # 2/1,
Sector # 23, Korangi Industrial Area,
Karachi
Phone: +92-21-5065946
Fax: +92-21-5065940

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