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Confederation of Indian Industry experts favour pro-active role by Government in Waste Management Projects

According to reports, the Government needs to play a pro-active role in taking up waste management projects through public private participation (PPP) mode, which is the only viable approach to address this major issue, according to experts at the CII event on urban infrastructure.

The Executive Director of Ramky Group, Mr M. Gautham Reddy, said India generates about 51 million tonnes of municipal solid waste annually and this is likely to go up to about 80 mt a year within two decades. This poses great challenges for authorities in managing such waste.

The only viable approach to tackling this major issue is to take up PPP mode projects. But the current approach needs to be tweaked with more Government participation, both in its implementation and through finances, he said speaking at a CII Conference on Urban Infrastructure Building Sustainable Cities for Tomorrow’s India.

Mr Deepankar Chatterjee of Tata Projects, who heads environment practice, felt that the country needs to address some policy issues where CII would play a role engaging in a dialogue with the State Governments. He felt that the approach to the PPP projects need to be changed to make them effective and encourage more participation.

Mr Anil Kumar Kutty, Managing Director of KSK Energy, said the Government would have to focus on energy conservation by taking energy saving devices while encouraging non-conventional energy projects.

He said pilot projects adopting smart grid technologies are being tried out in India. Once they stabilise them it would be possible to connect roof top solar units and sell power. Mentioning about the success of smart grid in a country like Germany, which has an installed capacity of 12,000 MW, Mr Kutty said that this enables to meter both sale and purchase of power from individual home.

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