Rs 213-cr Maruti Foundry Gets Ministerial Nod

New Delhi, Aug 25: | Updated: Aug 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
The Union ministry of environment and forests has cleared the Rs 213-crore aluminium foundry unit of Maruti Udyog Ltd (MUL). The foundry will be located at Manesar in Gurgaon.

The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) had cleared the foundry on March 3 this year.

Its production capacity will be 5,741 tonnes/annum of low pressure and high-pressure castings. MUL will produce aluminium casting of cylinder head, cylinder block and transmission case for automobiles. Land area of the project is 3.96 hectare.

According to official sources, the project does not involve forest land or displacement of people. Water requirement will be met from the Haryana State Industry Development Corporation for which permission was already obtained on December 5, 2001. The MULs foundry will generate 215 TPA of aluminium oxide ash, which will be sold to downstream users and 1,700 TPA of knocked out sand, which will be used as landfill or for brick manufacturing.

The effluent treatment plant sludge will be used as manure for green belt development. The ministry has laid down a few conditions for the project. The emission of particulate matter and gaseous emissions from various process units should conform to the standards prescribed by the authorities concerned from time to time.

Further, ambient air quality monitoring stations should be set up in the down wind direction as well as where maximum ground level concentration of SPM are anticipated in consultation with HSPCB.

Similarly, dust suppression and dust extraction systems should be provided to control fugitive emission at material handling points. Fugitive emission should be controlled regularly monitored for SPM and record maintained.

The ministry of environment has said that MUL should connect the pollution control equipment to the DG set to ensure operation of these equipment during power failure. The company should also provide interlocking system with the process equipment so that the plant automatically stops in case the pollution load exceeds the prescribed limits.

The ministry has also stipulated a limit for effluent generation and its treatment. When the plant becomes operational and is stabilised, all the treated effluent generated in the plant should be used for green belt development or recycled for use in process or utilities to achieve zero waste water discharge.

It has also told MUL that it should undertake rain water harvesting measures to recharge the ground water. Green belt of adequate width and density should be provided to mitigate the effects of fugitive emission all around the plant.