Mangaluru: World Pollution Prevention Week is observed around the globe on Dec 2. This day is created to instil awareness of environmental pollution and its negative impacts on our health and the planet. International organizations such as the United Nations (U.N.), the World Health Organization (WHO), Greenpeace, and others have been urging countries all over the globe to take precautionary measures to control pollution.
In view of this Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways directed all Major Ports and subordinate bodies to conduct the Observance of World Pollution Prevention Week from Dec 2. In this regard, New Mangalore Port Authority under the leadership of Dr A. V. Ramana, Chairman, NMPA, observed “World Pollution Prevention Week” from December 2 to 8. Various activities were planned out executed and followed during the week for creating awareness among employees, stakeholders, students and the general public.
New Mangalore Port, as its policy and objective has been consistently striving to protect the Environment and has undertaken various “GREEN” initiatives for a sustainable future such as;
- Constructed Sewage Treatment Plant with 1.2 MLD capacities inside the Port area.
- Constructed rainwater Harvesting Ponds and Groundwater Recharge ponds inside the Port area, in the lower catchment areas covering 64,217 Sq. Mtrs. with a capacity of 1,10,340 CUM of water.
- 2 MW ground-mounted and rooftop solar power Plant grid contributing towards Carbon footprint reduction to about 30,190 tonnes reported till March 2022. NMPA is now a 100% solar-powered Port. As on Nov 29, a total of 38.45 million units of power was generated, reducing 32,683 tonnes of carbon footprint and saving a sum of Rs. 26 crores to the Port.
- To comply with the integrated Management system Policy on the reduction of greenhouse gases the port introduced 02 Nos. Electric Buses.
- Provides 3- Phase Shore supply for 4 nos. of Indian Coast Guard Vessels and 4 nos.of Port hired tugs at respective berths. This will reduce carbon emissions and contribute towards GHG reduction.
- Mechanized handling of Coal Cargo and Iron Ore Pellets through a conveyor system to ensure zero spillage of cargo on roads.
- Constructed several Coal settling tanks inside the wharf and also outside the wharf area where remnants of cargo are prevented to flow into the sea.
- All the coal yards are provided with garland drains for collecting the overflow water coming out of yards due to coal dampening and/or dust suppression system sprinklers, rainwater etc.
- All most all the concrete roads and coal yards inside the Port have been installed with mechanized water sprinklers ensuring minimal dust pollution in cargo operational areas.
- New Mangalore Port Authority installed 2 tonnes capacity Solid waste management unit through vermicomposting and with a shredder. This vermicomposting unit produces 36 Tonnes of organic manure annually, which will be used as manure.
Due to the above initiatives and contribution to conserving the environment, Port has received enumerable awards such as;
- Swachha Survekshan Award from the Ministry of Shipping for 2 years consecutively
- Greentech Award in the gold category in the port sector for the last 6 consecutive years
- Samudra Paryavaran Award from Indian Coast Guard
- Aranyamithra Award from Karnataka Forest Department
NMPA continually improves its environmental performance by preventing of adverse environmental impacts in all its operations. NMPA prevents and controls pollution to maintain an eco-friendly environment and imparts environmental awareness amongst all interested parties, so as to reduce and manage waste in an environmentally responsible manner.
This Pollution prevention week celebration is just as important on an individual level, while the actions of one person may seem insignificant, the collective action of millions of individuals is monumental, which will be contributing to minimising our environmental Pollution.
NMPA celebrated this special week by celebrating the Ports sustainability achievements, conducting various Pollution Prevention activities as an awareness program and a quiz competition for college students, Pollution Prevention and Mitigation measures training to Port employees and distributing three colour-coded Dust bins to all colony residents in Port to motivate segregation of waste as wet waste, dry waste and sanitary waste for proper disposal.