07 July 2012, Gandhinagar – With the stage set for Vibrant Gujarat 2013, the Forest and Environment Department and Gujarat Pollution Control Board organized seminar on–Technology SolutionforEnvironment Upgradation at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar Gujarat. Mr. J.S. Kamyotra, Member Secretary – Central Pollution Control Board was the Guest of Honour, and Dr. Tishyarakshit Chatterjee, Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, was the Chief Guest for the seminar. The event was attended by over 400 participants, representing various industry sectors, academia, regulatory agencies and student fraternity
Mr. A.K. Joti, IAS, Chief Secretary - Government of Gujarat delivered a special address during the seminar. He stated that environmental technologies are at the core of sustainable development in Gujarat. He mentioned that the state Government understands the environmental implications arising out of robust industrial development, and is committed to harness and promote increased use of clean technologies. The Government has also set up various organizations Climate Change Department, Gujarat Ecology Commission, Forest and Environment Department, etc, committed to harness environmental technologies. He added that Gujarat is the first state in India to set up a Climate Change Department
Dr. Tishyarakshit Chatterjee offered a fresh perspective by enhancing industry competitiveness through novel technologies, which do not have severe environmental implications. He particularly mentioned about coal fired power plants, and offered his suggestions on improving competitiveness and effectiveness by optimizing waste treatment and disposal. He also mentioned about the opportunities that industries can have in taking up waste treatment and disposal in various industrial estates and also reassured representatives of continued support from Central Government to support such initiatives.
Dr. S.K. Nanda, during his theme address, highlighted the importance of environmental technologies, mentioning that industrial or individual development could be a journey, but environment should be the destination. He added that commitment to environment should not be perceived as a compliance, it should be an initiative and needs to be inculcated as a practice by industries.
Mr. Hardik shah, Member Secretary – Gujarat Pollution Control Board delivered a welcome address. He mentioned about the growing contribution of the manufacturing sector to the GSDP, stating that Gujarat’s manufacturing sector accounts for over 20%, which is above the national average of 17%. He added that the state Government focuses on sustainable and inclusive growth, and is committed to support and facilitate industries and commercial establishments in adopting cleaner and greener technologies. The event is of Forest and Environment Department and Gujarat Pollution Control Board organized seminar on–Technology Solution for Environment Upgradation at Mahatma Mandir.