TechnoparkToday (Sept, 2023): Technopark has initiated the process by inviting tenders to select an agency responsible for the periodic monitoring of various critical parameters. These include drinking water quality, stack emissions, effluent quality, ambient air quality, and noise levels in Technopark’s Phase I, Phase III, and Phase IV campuses. The selected agency will be required to submit monthly reports, which will, in turn, be shared with the Pollution Control Board on a regular basis, ranging from monthly to yearly intervals.
This innovative undertaking is not only a statutory requirement but also a testament to Technopark’s commitment to ensuring that pollution levels within its sprawling campuses remain well within permissible limits. The real-time monitoring and reporting system will enable authorities to take timely corrective actions to maintain high environmental standards.
The agency that seeks to take on this responsibility must be duly recognized by the Pollution Control Board, ensuring a high level of expertise and competence in environmental monitoring. Unlike the previous arrangement, where monitoring was conducted for a year, the upcoming system will remain active for an extended period of three years, demonstrating a sustained commitment to environmental excellence.
The parameters to be closely scrutinized under ambient air quality include particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), lead (as Pb), arsenic (as As), nickel (as Ni), ammonia (as NH3), ozone (as O3), benzene (as C6H6), benzo (A), and pyrene (as VaP). Stack emissions will be assessed for temperature, velocity of gas discharge, volume of gas discharge, particulate matter, and sulphur dioxide.
Additionally, the monitoring will encompass noise levels, with two samples taken each month. Parameters for drinking water quality checks include color, odor, turbidity, pH, total dissolved solids, total hardness, calcium, magnesium, chloride, total alkalinity, iron, sulphate, nitrate, residual free chlorine, total coliform bacteria, and E. coli. Moreover, water quality will be scrutinized for pH, total suspended solids, biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, and oil and grease. The parameters for sewage water analysis comprise pH, total suspended solids, biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, and oil and grease.
Sanjeev Nair, CEO of Technopark, remarked, “Technopark being the greenest IT Park in the world strives for maintaining harmony with nature and adopts sustainable developments in all its campuses. All the statutory requirements related to the environment are always complied with.” Madhavan Praveen, GM—projects, Technopark, added, “By empanelling an agency for checking the pollution levels, we are also understanding the growth we have undergone, the ‘green’ factors in the park, and the improvements we must make towards sustainable and balanced developments.” This groundbreaking initiative underscores Technopark’s unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable growth.