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Public Hearing for setting up of Tata Steel’s waste management facility

Jamshedpur, Dec. 8: Tata Steel has applied for environmental clearance for an integrated municipal solid waste management and handling facility at Rangamatiya, Hata in the East Singhbhum district to the Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), Jharkhand, under EIA Notification, 2006.

A press communiqué issued by the company on Monday stated that as a part of environmental clearance process, the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) along with East Singhbhum district administration has organised a public hearing for the above project today at the office complex of the Potka block development officer with a view to register public views and suggestions towards environment and other aspects related to the above project.

Alok Kumar, SDO , Dhalbhum; Bal Kishun Munda, ADC, Law & Order, East Singbhum; R.N. Choudhary, regional officer SEIAA, and Sanjay Srivastava, board analyst, Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board organised the proceedings of public hearing.

Choudhary said that notice for this public hearing was published in leading newspapers on November 8, 2015 and copies of the environment impact assessment along with its executive summary report in vernacular languages in soft and hard copy were kept at different government offices for perusal of the public.

About 200 local citizens, NGOs, politicians, reporters from electronic and print media were present in the public hearing. Many people raised their opinion on environment protection, water supply, sanitation and local employment. The release claimed that all have supported for the upcoming project for environmental clearance.

Shubhanand Mukesh, head, environment management, Tata Steel, gave the presentation on the above project, findings of Environment Impact Assessment Study and environment management plan for the project. He informed that the benefits from the management and handling of municipal solid waste in compost making. This will also help in the national drive for “Swachch Bharat Mission.”

All state-of-the-art technologies are being used in the project. SEIAA has issued Terms of References (ToR) for the above project. On the basis of ToR, an Environment Impact Assessment Study was conducted by renowned and QCI/NABET approved external agency to assess the environmental impact due to the above project.

Capt. Dhananjay Mishra, senior GM, Jamshedpur Town Operations, replied to the queries raised during the public hearing.

Proceeding of the above public hearing along with the video recording will be reported to SEIAA by JSPCB for further decision on environment clearance.

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