Environment

Pollution Parameters

Corporate Environment Policy

GPL is committed to environmental friendly operations by implementing the Environment Management Plan affectively to achieve the environmental sustainability

Environment Management Plan (EMP)

Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF ) approved our Environment Monitoring Programme which aims at controlling pollution at the source level to the possible extent with the latest available technology followed by continuous and periodical monitoring of environmental attributes in the region which include monitoring of air quality, water quality (Ground water & marine waters), sediment and ecology .

Environmental Monitoring Programme in GPL

Ambient Air Quality

Three numbers Continuous of Ambient Air Quality monitoring machines established in and around the port premises to continuous monitoring air quality and also, if needed, to initiate required pollution control measures to maintain air quality with in the norms set by APPCB and also to achieve the environment sustainability.

GPL established 3 online Air Quality monitoring machines Media Center: Photo Gallery

Noise Monitoring

Noise monitoring is being carried out fortnightly in the port area

Ground water quality monitoring

As per the statutory regulations, Ground water quality monitoring is being carried out on monthly basis in the Port premises locations as well as neighboring village Gangavaram.

Marine water /sediment monitoring

The marine water and sediment quality monitoring is being carried out on Fortnightly basis of tidal sampling for the Four locations at inner and outer harbour.

Physical, chemical and biological parameters were analyzed for marine waters as well as for marine sediment to assess the water quality. With an aim to achieve environment sustainability as laid down in Environment Monitoring Programme , Ganagavaram Port initiated the measures as here under.

Air Quality

  • Gangavaram Port is the most environmental friendly port with the most modern infrastructure facilities for cargo handling and equipped with modern systems for pollution control measures with mechanized cargo handling equipment, including Ship Loader for bulk exports, Ship Un-loaders for bulk imports, Mobile Harbour Cranes for bulk/break bulk cargo, associated conveyer systems for transportation to and from stack yard, Stackers & Re-claimers for stack yard operations and Wagon loader & Wagon tipplers for handling Railway rakes.
  • The fugitive dust generated during the operations of different commodities is controlled by Mechanical Dust Suppression Systems.
  • Mechanical Dust Suppression System (MDSS) : Set of canons to spray water with high pressure to form blanket of mist on surface of cargo stocks, which attracts dust and becomes heavier to settle down and will not allow cargo emission to fly along the wind. All controlled by PLC's
  • Dust suppression systems at discharge/feeding points of belt conveyors at each transfer tower
  • Established state of art modern mechanical conveyor system for handling coal & Iron ore to prevent the spillage of cargo and provided closed enclosures for the entire conveyor system to curb fugitive emissions of coal/iron ore particles in to the air.
  • Greenbelt development all along the port boundary, around the stack yards, Two sides of the Internal roads, around the port buildings etc. to attenuate noise levels and dust levels
  • Asphalted the road within the port premises and a dedicated sweeping machine is being used for the cleaning of berths, back up areas and roads.
  • Water sprinkling is being carried out at the berths and in other areas viz. Roads and yards through water tankers to arrest the dust pollution due to the vehicular movement in the port.
  • GPL created a wind breaking wall near Gangavaram village to prevent any dust trickling in to the nearby habitation.

Water

  • Zero wastewater discharge concept is being implemented in the port.
  • The Stack yards and terminals are designed sloping landward for collection of the runoffs into the Sewage collection network. The residual water generated due to the sprinkling activities on the cargoes will be collected into the Effluent Settling Pond through liquid waste network.
  • Pollution control facilities are designed with a possibility of recycling the wastes, Two (30 KLD & 5 KLD) sewage treatment plants are exist in port facilities and the treated water is used for green belt and dust suppression only.
  • Appropriate rain water harvesting systems are established throughout the port.
  • No Ground water withdrawal.
  • Suitable solid waste management plan is being followed in the port. All the bio degradable waste is being used as manure for the plantation.

The reports of Environment Monitoring Programme are furnished to MoEF and AP Pollution Control Board regularly.

In addition to our monitoring programme, AP Pollution Control Board also monitors pollution parameters.

All the above parameters are well with in the norms set by enforcing authorities i.e MoEF and AP Pollution Control Board.

Clearances

  • Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Govt of India has accorded Environmental Clearances (EC) for the port facilities 1) No.10-3/2005-IA-III Dated 11/03/2005, 2) N0.10-14/2009-IA-III Dated 19/03/2010, 3) 11-91/2010-IA-III dated 7/02/2012.
  • Environment management Plan (EMP) approved by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Govt of India is being implemented in the port to achieve the environmental sustainability.
  • Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board, Govt of Andhra Pradesh has accorded Consent for Establishment (CFE) and Consent for Operations (CFO).
  • The monitoring reports are being furnished to the MoEF and APPCB as per the statutory regulations.
Plantations
GPL is distributing avenue, mango trees and other varieties of plants to the villagers of Gangavaram, Yathapalem, Gantyada and HB colony

GPL is participating in "Green Plantation Programme " proposed by the Parliament Committee for planting 40 lakh plants in the next 5 years in the Visakhapatnam city. GPL has committed to the Authorities to plant one lakh saplings out side the port area in the next 5 years .

Wind Screen

Measures for dust free operations

Mechanical Dust Suppression System (MDSS) : Set of canons to spray water with high pressure to form blanket of mist on surface of cargo stocks, which attracts dust and becomes heavier to settle down and will not allow cargo emission to fly along the wind. All controlled by PLC's

Frequent watering of the berths and back up areas is established with sufficient water tankers and the sweeping machine sweeps the Berths and Roads frequently.
Tarpaulin covered rail dispatches

Covered Conveyors
Road sweepers
Road sweepers
Tarpaulin covered Road dispatches