SME Times News Bureau | 22 Jan, 2018
Principal Scientific Advisor K Vijay Raghavan
recently said that waste to energy and scaling up of commercially available
technologies are top priorities of Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and
Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC).
Speaking at CII conference on PPP models for waste
to worth, Raghavan said inputs including environment,
social and economic aspects, outputs and waste to energy are the three key
components of the waste sector.
He mentioned that tragedy of the commons is the
fundamental challenge affecting waste sector and all stakeholders need to work
together to implement solutions.
He further pointed out that PPP model requires
Raghavan stated that through science and
technology, the mechanism is to take available technologies, implement them
beyond pilot scale and work through PPP models.
He cited several successful examples of adoption of
local and global technologies such as the 2G ethanol plant of the DBT-ICT
center, Barapullah Drain project of DBT and NWO, the Netherlands Science Agency
and Stubble Burning technology project with Sweden.
He advised that multiple cities should be taken and
get scientific inputs, and best technologies to address the problems and get a
proof of principle.
Tsukasa Akimoto, State Minister of the Environment, Government of
Japan, said that during the visit of Shri Narendra Modi to Japan in October
this year, both the countries agreed to strengthen the cooperation in
environment field including waste management under the Japan- India Special
Strategic and Global partnership.
Also, a Memorandum of Cooperation was jointly
signed between the Environment Ministries of both the countries in the field of
He emphasized that Japan would like to support the
clean India initiative through Japanese technology- Johkasou.
He stated that installation of waste to energy
technologies can help India to realize sanitary and comfortable lives and some
of the top waste to energy plant manufacturers of Japan possessing advanced
technologies and abundant experience are present here today and look forward to
collaboration with Indian partners.
C K Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest
& Climate Change, stated that the three major players of the sector i.e. Government,
Industry and Community need to devise the easiest and the best solutions for
the waste management.
There is a need to understand the enormity of the
problems associated with waste which extend beyond environmental and health
He further highlighted the efforts of government
such as Swatch Bharat, Plastic rules and doing away with plastics by
He strongly mentioned that the problems need to be
articulated jointly on a common platform with an articulation of a workable
solution. One important thing that would make PPP models work is clarity,
particularly clarity from the beginning.
He mentioned that rules/ acts must be seen as an
enabler and are subject to changes if justifiably needed.