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`Effluent treatment mechanism, energy-saving devices are imperative'

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI, DEC. 16. Industry should compensate for its consumption of a large amount of energy and water resources by giving priority to effluent and solid garbage treatment, said V. Ramdoss, Secretary, Information and Tourism Department.

Addressing the valedictory of the Staff Development Programme on `Need for Sustainable Environment Management', organised by the State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (SIHMCT), Thuvakkudi, here on Wednesday, Mr. Ramdass stressed that nature should be preserved in the present state for future generations. Hotels should establish solid and liquid waste treatment mechanisms and energy-saving devices should be put to maximum use. He suggested that the waste management models created by the host institution be adopted by industry, and wanted government agencies to evince interest in conducting such programmes.

Later, Mr. Ramdass presided over the Institute's board meeting.

Mr. Ramdoss announced that the students of the three-year Diploma Programme, by virtue of taking up two more papers from this academic year, would also be eligible for B.Sc. in the same discipline. This has been made possible through a collaboration with Tamil Nadu Open University. He also inaugurated a modern kitchen, constructed with an All-India Council for Technical Education funding of Rs.11 lakhs, under the Modernisation of Equipment and Removal of Obsolescence Scheme (Modrots), and a Cold Kitchen, at a cost of Rs. 4 lakhs. A new computer facility with 20 systems was also inaugurated.

L.V. Kumar, principal, SIHMCT, said plans were afoot to create a special model for treating waste water from kitchen, which was presently being collected in a sump. The Institute was also contemplating running a generator adopting available technologies that provide for use of 20 per cent of diesel and 80 per cent biogas.

Likewise, instead of using solar heater, the Institute would install mild steel pipes over the roof to a length of 25 metres in a zig-zag way, to maximise the heat of water from direct sunlight. The model would be provided by the National Institute of Technology (NIT).

Resource persons for the 15-day Staff Development Programme comprised faculty from Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, representatives of Equations, a Bangalore-based NGO specialising in environmental upkeep, and experts from

top-notch hotels. A visit to the Spice Village near Thekkadi and Kodaikanal also formed part of the programme.

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