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Gujarat CM Inaugurates WASTECH International Summit & Expo at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar

Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Vijay Rupani inaugurated the two-day WASTECH-2016 International Summit, this year’s theme being ‘The Way to Sustainability’, in the august presence of Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) Shri Anil Madhav Dave at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

The Summit is being attended by industrialists and experts in waste management from different states of India and abroad, preparatory to Vibrant Gujarat Summit-2017 to be held here in January. He invited the dignitaries to attend the Vibrant Summit. Representatives of 120 companies from eight countries have installed 120 stalls and Indian firms 106 stalls on 5,000 sq. m. of space at the WASTECH Expo at venue of the Summit. A short film on ‘Innovations in Environment Sector in Gujarat was screened on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, CM Shri Rupani said that Gujarat has been in the forefront of sustained industrial development, keeping pollution under control, following the principle of 4Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recover and Recycle – in Waste Management, adding ‘Respect’ as the 5R.

He said that 50 per cent of India’s total capacity of industrial effluent treatment plants is in Gujarat alone. Gujarat tops in hazardous wastes co-processing, as also recycling solid waste materials from the industrial units as co-processing in cement industry. Gujarat has co-processed over 108-lakh tonnes of industrial and plastic wastes during the last five years.

Even as the state government gives special attention to pollution control, he appealed to the industries to keep environmental pollution under check. Lately, he said, stress is laid on recycling wastes in village panchayats, municipalities to generate power. The state also tops in distributing LED bulbs to save energy bills.

Union Minister Shri Anil Madhav Dave said that waste disposal should be compulsorily tackled through technology as per international standards, there being no such concern in the past. He said that solar, cycle and recycle would become the three main sources in future. He suggested waste disposal be made a part of CSR.

He said that it is the collective responsibility of the society, industries and governments to frame foolproof policies and check pollution to realize the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Swachh Bharat. It becomes the duty of Local Self-Government Institutions to take care of waste disposal at the village level, there being 6.50-lakh villages in India. It is time to compulsorily segregate domestic wastes and ensure their proper disposal. He appealed to the people not to waste food.

Others present on the occasion included Gujarat’s Environment Minister Shankarbhai Chaudhry, Chief Secretary Shri J. N. Singh, Additional Chief Secretary for Forest & Environment and GPCB Chairman Shri Arvind Agrawal, CII Gujarat State Council Chairperson Rina Bhagwati, Central Pollution Control Board Chairman Shri S. P. Singh Parihar, National Productivity Council Deputy Director-General Shri R. Virendra and GPCB Member-Secretary Hardik Shah.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat