The western belt of Maharashtra is popular for sugarcane and various other crops due to presence of fertile land and good irrigation.
The state’s Pollution Control Board has been conducting discussions and training workshops, looking at new technologies and concepts and debating the strict implementation of pollution norms. Factories, reported to have caused water pollution in western Maharashtra, will be treating effluents and using them for irrigation, officials said. Local sugar mills have come up with innovative techniques which will reduce the oil and grease in industry runoffs.
Everything said and done, all will be well only if these ideas are put into practice. Advanced, experimental technologies require loads of monetary inputs for cleaning up already produced waste or repairing old machinery – the source of pollution. Considering green technologies in Maharashtra, a state that contributes about 15% to the country’s industrial output, is definitely a no-brainer, although no particular technology has been adopted, or outlined as yet. Efforts should be made towards putting a stop to pollution altogether and not just decreasing the total amount generated.
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