Noamundi: Tata Steel’s Ore Mines and Quarries (OMQ) division has installed a 10 KLD (kilo litres per day) effluent treatment plant (ETP) at Noamundi hospital. The ETP was inaugurated today by Rajeev Singhal, vice president (raw materials), Tata Steel, in the presence of Pankaj Satija, general manager (OMQ), Tata Steel; PK Dhall, chief, engineering services and projects, OMQ division, Tata Steel; Dr Dhirendra Kumar, chief medical officer, Noamundi hospital, Tata Steel; and senior officials of the company.
Noamundi hospital generates 5-10 KLD of wastewater daily. The 10 KLD ETP installed in the hospital will treat the wastewater discharged by the hospital from operation theatre, pathological laboratory, hospital kitchen, etc. The treated wastewater will be reused for gardening purpose. The ETP that has been installed operates in MBBR (Moving Bed Bio Reactor) technology with tube settler and sand media filter.
Tata Steel Noamundi hospital was recently conferred with the Prime Time Global Healthcare Excellence Awards 2016 under the category of Best Patient Centric Hospital in Jharkhand. The Noamundi hospital has been providing medical facilities to people living in and around the mining areas at Noamundi since 1925. The diagnostic facilities recently got upgraded in the hospital with the addition of latest ultra sound machine with colour doppler. Moreover, the hospital has adopted scientific methods of disposing biomedical waste. The hospital is equipped with plastic shredder, autoclave machine, a five kg incinerator, defined area with standard pits for burial and a team of dedicated trained staffs for handling bio-medical waste.
The OMQ division continues to focus on operational excellence aimed at resource and energy efficiency, along with recovery, reuse and recycling of waste to minimise its ecological footprint. Talking about Tata Steel`s commitment to preserve the environment, Mr Singhal said, “We regularly monitor, review and report publicly our environmental performance as a responsible miner. We are committed to continual improvement in our environmental performance so as to improve the quality of life of the communities where we operate”.
Noamundi already has two sewage treatment plants (STPs) of 10 KLD and 50 KLD capacities. In the offing is the installation of a 50 KLD STP and 10 KLD ETP at Noamundi. Joda hospital too will be equipped with ETP in a couple of months.