Shimla: The proposal to set up a common effluent treatment plant for Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial area at Baddi in Himachal Pradesh has received Environment and Forests Ministry's clearance, an industry official said.
BBN (Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh) Industries Association has created a special purpose vehicle for setting up the common effluent treatment plant at Kenduwal village near Baddi, associations' Chief Executive Officer Keshav Chandel said on Wednesday.

The Rs 56.80-crore plant being set up under public private partnership (PPP) would cater to solid waste management of effluent from industrial areas of Baddi, Barotiwala and Nalagarh area, which has been declared as a severely polluted area by the Central Pollution Control Board.

To reduce the pollution of this area one plant was proposed to be set up as all the treated and untreated effluent of industries flow through nallahas and joins river Sarsa. The proposal was submitted by the SPV-Baddi Infrastructure to the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry for grant which agreed to finance the project to a large extent while the land was being allotted for this project by Himachal Pradesh government.

 After approval of the project by the union Government, a proposal was moved for Environment Clearance to Union Ministry of Environment and Forests after study of this project and proactive role played by Member Secretary State Pollution Control Board, Sanjay Sood.
After environment clearance to the treatment plant, the execution of the project would be taken up vigorously, Chandel added. The treatment plant has five streams for treatment of effluent of different segments of industries separately. About 85 percent of the effluent would be transported from industries to plant site through pipe lines and only 15 percent of effluent would be carried out through tankers.


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