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Here is an example of managing hazardous waste in Hyderabad, India. The project is assisted by the Australian Agency For International Development or AusAid. (Reference: http://www.earthsystems.au)
Project: Hyderabad Waste Management Project
CLIENT: AusAID, the Australian Agency for International Development, manages the Australian Government’s
official overseas aid program.
LOCATION: Hyderabad is the capital city of the State of Andhra Pradesh and a major industrial centre in southern India. It is India’s fifth largest city having a population of over 4 million people.
With a population of 914 million people (1994), India is the second most populous nation in the world after
China. Nearly one quarter of its population live in poverty.
The Hyderabad Waste Management Project is a four year project funded by AusAID to improve the
management of industrial waste in that city.
The development of a central Facility for the Treatment, Storage and Disposal of hazardous industrial waste
(TSDF) is an important component of this project. The project is being implemented for the Government of India through the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB). It is being jointly undertaken by Kinhill Pty Ltd and the Overseas Projects Corporation of Victoria (staff for this project being largely provided by the Victorian Environment Protection Authority). Earth Systems provides specialist technical input to the project as a sub-consultant to Kinhill.
EARTH SYSTEMS INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROJECT
Earth Systems staff have been responsible for advising and assisting APPCB in various aspects of the
development of the TSDF. Specific tasks include:
❏ Development of site selection criteria and identification of potential sites in consultation with
government, industry and community representatives.
❏ Evaluation and short listing of these sites using the siting methodology developed.
❏ Selection of a preferred site following the conduct of detailed investigations at several short listed sites.
❏ Selection of a preferred tenderer for the design, construction and operation of the TSDF.
❏ Preparation of an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and concept design for the facility.
❏ Training of APPCB staff and local consultants in the detailed design of secure landfills.
Earth Systems is playing an important and ongoing role in the project. The successful development of the
facility will bring about significant improvement in the management of industrial hazardous waste in
Hyderabad enhancing the quality of life for its residents and the environment.
Since there are about 12 industry categories and 20 types of wastes identified by the AP (Andhra Pradesh) Pollution Control Board, Earhniversity found it very helpful to utilize this local experience as a Lessons Learned so that their practice or Best Practices can be of help to other cities, provinces or states in handling environment concerns such as Pollution Control.