Expert Appraisal Committee Reviews Coastal Projects: Pipeline Extensions to Lighthouses and Bridges
Critical EAC Verdicts: MIDC's Disposal Pipeline and Dholera's RO Reject Disposal Pipeline Held for Further Scrutiny
EA delivers a comprehensive overview encapsulating the deliberations from the 343rd, 344th, and 346th sessions of the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) convened by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, focusing on projects within the Coastal Regulation Zone. Chaired by Manmohan Singh Negi, these meetings critically assessed various environmental aspects. It's noteworthy that the documentation related to the 345th EAC meeting remains untraceable.
In the 346th meeting, the proposal to extend the disposal pipeline by 2.2 km in Savitri River/Bankot Creek from Owale Village, Raigad District by MIDC, Mahdad was deferred. It's essential to note that earlier, on 28th June 2023, the EAC had recommended project approval. However, on 29th August 2023, the Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change returned the file for re-examination by the EAC, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, and mandated MIDC to present on CETP performance and improvements over the past 2 years.
The Expert Committee observed that although the performance in the last two years is satisfactory, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report, the CETP is not complying with discharge standards. It was noted that the concentration of Suspended Solids was found to be 138 mg/l in place of 100 mg/l, BOD 125 mg/l as against standard of 100 mg/l, COD 344 mg/l against the limit of 250 mg/l, Ammonia Nitrogen 74.25 mg/l as against standard of 50 mg/l and Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN) 184.80 mg/l as against the standard of 50 mg/l. The Expert Committee advised MIDC to undertake monitoring with multiple samples and reanalyse the parameters against the prescribed effluent standards and forward report to CPCB for their comments / vetting and then place before the committee.