Judicious use of natural resources can help reduce volume of generated waste: SAIL-RSP CEO

New Delhi: “Judicious use of natural resources can help reduce the volume of generated waste. Let’s strive further to reduce energy consumption which will help in achieving a corresponding drop in the usage of natural resources and thereby reserving them for the future generation,” said SAIL Rourkela Steel Plant's (RSP) CEO Dipak Chattaraj. He was speaking in a National Seminar on ‘Waste to Wealth – Effective Utilization of Solid Waste of Steel Plants’ on Saturday. Chattaraj was the chief guest in the seminar organised at Indo-German Club by The Institution of Engineers (India), Rourkela Local Centre, in association with SAIL-Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP).

RSP ED (Projects) Pankaj Kumar and NIT's Director Dr Animesh Biswas were the guests of honour while Jindal Steel Works' (JSW) former Vice President SMR Prasad was the key-note speaker. Many senior officers of RSP and SAIL, officers of the Pollution Control Board (PCB), delegates from different SAIL units and associated industries, and members of Institution of Engineers (India), Rourkela Local Centre were present in the inaugural session.

Deliberating further on the topic, the CEO said, “The technology-savvy steel and process industries have to focus on gainful utilisation of solid, liquid and gaseous wastes. We must activate the desired treatment facilities to facilitate reuse and recycle of effluent to achieve zero discharge consistently.” Chattaraj also expressed concern over the increasing generation of e-waste and emphasised reutilizing the components and elements by suitably recycling them for a greener earth.

In his keynote address, Prasad elaborated on the various forms of wastes being generated from the steel plants. While highlighting the potential commercial utilisations of the wastes, he also deliberated on value addition to the wastes thereby increasing returns and its effect in reducing the cost of production. He made a detailed presentation pertaining to transforming waste into wealth by gainfully utilizing them.

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Dr Biswas in his address emphasised upon exploring every possible scientific method to find the suitable application of the wastes which has emerged as a major challenge.

Speaking on the occasion, Pankaj Kumar stressed finding cost-effective engineering solutions to gainfully utilize dust, slag, sludge and other wastes of the steel industry.

During the occasion, the CEO felicitated Dr Biswas, Prasad and Dr SK Biswal (former Chief Scientist, CSIR) for their contributions in the field of environmental studies.

Earlier, RSP's CGM (MM & Marketing) & Chairman, Institution of Engineers (India), Rourkela Chapter CR Mohapatra welcomed the gathering. RSP's CGM (Utility and Environment) Atish Chandra Sarkar, proposed a formal vote of thanks. RSP's Deputy Manager (CP-II) Ankita Bilung anchored the programme.

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