National  Seminar on ZERO WASTE DISCHARGE: ISSUES, CHALLENGES & WAY FORWARD

Seminar Synopsis & Key Recommendations 

Institution of Water & Environment (India) , Dr KN Modi Institute of Engineering & Technology and Dr KN Modi Foundation jointly organized a one day National Seminar on “ Zero Waste Discharge: Issues , Challenges & Way Forward” with technical support from AKTU Lucknow, on April 28,2019 at Dr KNGDMEC auditorium, Modinagar. . The Seminar received an overwhelming supports from Govt. Departments, Engineering Institutions, Industries and other stakeholders. More than 200 delegates participated in the seminar from different parts of the country, which included engineers, academicians, consultants, industries and NGOs, 

INAUGURAL SESSION- At the outset Cap. Rajeev Saxena Vice President Dr. KNMF speaking on behalf of Prof Dr DK Modi Chairman Dr KN Modi Foundation welcomed the Dignitaries & Delegates. In his welcome address he said that zero waste discharge concept points out all possible elimination of discharges to aquatic environment and on land. Dr Ajay Pradhan opened the subject and presented a very informative and amazing Key note lecture including few videos on the subject. He described in detail the latest & eco friendly technologies available to achieve Zero Waste Discharge.

 A Souvenir was also presented on this occasion which included very inspiring messages & blessing from number of VVIPs including Honorable Governor of UP. The souvenir also included useful articles and abstract of all the technical papers 

In his Presidential address National President of Institution of Water & environment (India) elaborated the activities of Institution of Water & Environment ( India) and appealed all the faculty members & students to join IWE to fulfill its commitment for safe water & sustainable Environment. Prof Dr RK Khandal President R& D and Business Development India Glycol, a motivating force for this seminar , was the Chief Guest for this function. In his powerful and sensational inaugural address he invoked the house not to leave waste discharged causing a burden on environment. Dr P K Garg Former VC Uttrakhand Technical University, addressing as Guest of Honour, said that fly ash can be very good & economical alternative for number of materials. Sri Pk Assudani, Former MD UP Jal Nigam & Convenor of the program , proposed vote of thanks to all the dignitaries , session chairmen, authors , delegates & media. 

Institution of Water & Environment presented HONOUR of APPRECIATION on this occasion, to Dr KNModi Foundation and Dr KN Modi Institution of Engineering & Technology for a successfully organizing this national Seminar with high technical content & meticulous configuration. The event was witnessed by large number of media personal. A press conference was also arranged after the inaugural session attended by more than a dozen media men. They were briefed by Prof Dr Khandal and Sri JC Singhal. Press coverage is attached herewith. 


TECHNICAL SESSIONS : 22 papers were received out of which 14 were selected for presentation by technical committee, in three technical sessions spread over one full day. These session were chaired very eminent engineers- 

Session 1. Chairman : Sri RP Sharma, Member Expert Appraisal Committee, MOEF- GOI 

Session 2. Chairman : Sri Pk Assudani, Former Managing Director, UP Jal Nigam 

Session 3. Chairman : Sri AK Sharma, Former Member Secretary, Chattisgarh Environment Board. 

Valedictory Session : The session was chaired by Sri JC Singhal National President, IWE. After a brief welcome note Sri AK Dubey Former Chief Engineer presented the account of whole day activities. Based on the technical papers received/ presented, the report of Session Chairmen and deliberations, technical committee headed by Dr Ajay Pradhan , Chairman & CEO C2S2, drafted recommendations as outcome of this National Seminar. These recommendations were presented by Sri SK Agarwal Former Chief Engineer Indian Railways in front of august house for deliberations and finalization. After through deliberations following recommendations were adopted by the house. 

Paradigm Shift. A resource-hungry future urgently requires the water sector to embrace a paradigm shift from removing pollutants in wastewater to resource recovery opportunities. By transitioning to a circular economy approach and towards recycling nutrients, reusing treated wastewater and recovering clean energy, utilities can significantly reduce their carbon footprint. 

Coordination between various stake holders Operators of Water, Waste Water and Solid Waste Management facilities in both government and non-government sectors need to share their experiences in resolving and managing the daunting tasks of improving the service deliveries. It is also essential to bring in manufacturers, users and regulators together in agrochemical uses, post run-off treatments from agriculture field. Similarly, all stakeholders in Government Utilities, Private Sector Operators, Industrial users and effluent treatment agencies and agriculture for an overall Water Assessment Footprint to be able to make a framework and regulation. 

Evolving National Enforcement. Waste Water management regulations should be implemented with strong enforcement in an integrated manner. Therefore, a national standard must evolve based on the consultation with all stakeholders of urban utility agencies, industry, operators and civil society including citizen. 

Governance of Water and Waste: A key to Sustainable Development 

Community based Water and Waste Management is one of the best decentralized system being practiced in many parts of our country. Social accountability for water security emphasizes citizen engagement to activate I institutions, hold duty bearers to account and advocate for change. Results demonstrate potential to improve services and promote integrity in the water and waste se Incentives for turning political will into action, incorporating proper governance in the annual monitoring and reporting framework should be adopted to encourage at least for all Smart City and AMRUT Program cites. Stakeholder engagement to improve community-scale wastewater system governance and local leadership development be encouraged and supported by all state govts. 

Understanding the Gender Dimension of water and waste Enhancing women capabilities in water and waste management should be given priority. Participatory approach for ecologically sustainable sanitation is the need of the hour. While women are highly under represented in the sector. There are cases in India where women can be at the core of an innovative and technology-focused project on city scale. Innovation, Technology & Business Model for Water, Waste Water & Waste Management Changes in regulatory and institutional frameworks are necessary to encourage circular solutions. Effective implementation of Circular Economy concepts will require acknowledging and adapting practices to local conditions, obtaining stakeholder consensus, having accurate metrics, and allowing adequate time for implementation Decentralized Waste Management One of the most exciting aspects of decentralized sanitation is the ability to create business opportunities while also solving a societal problem and working towards Sustainable Development Goal - 6 (SDG) of United Nations (UN). This change occurs through infrastructure development as well as through creation and transformation of sanitation services. We are focused on driving this change with market forces and innovative technologies with a holistic approach and a vision on creating circular economics. Zero Waste Discharge Subject for Engineering Curriculum Zero waste discharge is need of the time. Curriculum covering quantum & quality of waste and its reduction, reuse, recycle and resource generation may be included in engineering curriculum. Students may be given summer problems on such issues. Dr KN Modi Foundation Student Chapter of Institution of Water & Environment A student chapter of Institution of Water & Environment (India) was also started on this day with the name as STUDENT CHAPTER, Dr. KNMODI FOUNDATION, Modinagar, INSTITUTION of Water & Environment (India). ( Short Name: Student Chapter, KNMF, Modinagar, IWE ). Sri RN ARORA Coordinator for this Chapter explained to students , in detail , about the privileges of members and activities of student chapter. Sri KC Wadhwa Chairman Administrative Committee delivered the valedictory address . In his address he stressed that each and every individual can save lot of resource in day to day life by a little carefulness. Sri Vivek Singh proposed vote of thanks to all for their whole active participation, valuable contribution and support. 

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