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Eco business plan for city from next year

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, JULY 26. Providing `eco labels' for the tourism industry, hotels, schools and other establishments would be a key feature of the European Commission-aided Eco Business Plan (EBP) to be implemented for Chennai from 2005, according to Jayanthi, Vice-Chairperson, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA).

Inaugurating a national seminar on `Industrial pollution in Tamil Nadu,' organised by the M.N.M. Jain Engineering College here recently, Ms. Jayanthi said under the EBP such sites that promote eco-friendly features would be identified and rewarded. The seminar was sponsored by the All- India Council for Technical Education.

Profitable too

The EBP, which draws from the experience of Vienna and Athens, would inculcate good business practices among small and medium scale units in the industrial estates of Guindy and Ambattur. Ms. Jayanthi said the small and medium units had traditionally been reluctant to invest in the environment. The units would be made aware that measures that benefit the environment could also be profitable. An interface between the Electricity Board, Water Supply department and associations of industries would be held shortly to work out requirements on optimal use of energy and water as well as waste management, she said.

The CMDA's thrust was to involve Government agencies and stakeholders such as citizens groups, NGOs, industry and business houses in addressing the problems of the city, Ms. Jayanthi said. "Sustainable development is difficult to attain by the Government alone and it requires all stakeholders to contribute their bit," she said after explaining the CMDA's decongestion initiatives for Chennai.

Waterways

Noting that the three main waterways — Adyar, Cooum and Buckingham — were highly polluted, Ms. Jayanthi said the CMDA had convened a series of workshops with Metrowater, Corporation, PWD and Highways departments to formulate and implement an improvement plan for the waterways. Cleaning and beautification of the beach was another important activity of the CMDA, she added.

V.K.R. Jeyasingh, College Principal, and J. Pattabiraman, Dean and Head of Mechanical Engineering, were among those who spoke.

In the technical session that followed, M. Karunanithi, professor of chemistry, said cleaner production was the best option for sustainable development. It was the technology of cleaner production that ensured pollution prevention and waste minimisation.

J. Raghava Rao and T. Ramasami, Central Leather Research Institute, Sushil Verma, Director General of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology, and R. K. Dwivedi, manager, CIPET, V. Murugesan, Department of Chemistry, and N. Vasudevan, Centre for Environmental Studies, Anna University, and G. Krishna Prasad from Orchid Chemical and Pharmaceuticals, were among those who spoke.

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