The Indian market for environment services is expected to grow to a total volume of €3.2 billion by this year. Increasing urbanisation and greater environment consciousness in India are leading to a growing demand for modern environmental technologies and services which in return would result in large investment to develop and upgrade environmental services.
India being home to 16 per cent of the world’s population possesses only 4 per cent of its water resources. Experts estimate the water consumption in India to double by 2030. Therefore, India needs substantial investment in the water sector. With a population density of 333 persons/sq. km and urbanisation rate of 25 per cent, the country has tremendous potential in environment protection and waste management.
These were the key findings at the premiere edition of IFAT India 2013, the leading trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling sector held in Mumbai recently. The event, organised by Messe München International, also witnessed technologies, solutions and products that would help the Indian environment.
“Solid waste management in Indian cities has emerged as a major concern over the past few years. The rise in urban population and economic growth in the absence of an effective management mechanism has manifested in the current state of solid waste management in Indian cities which is far from perfect,” a release on IFAT India 2013 said. “Given the present situation, the quantum of waste generated in cities, especially larger ones with higher population, is expected to increase. Industrial solid waste, including hazardous waste, is also increasing at a phenomenal rate.”
India generates approximately 36.5 million tonnes of waste annually and will see a rise in waste generation from less than 40,000 tpa to over 125,000 tpa by 2030.
Several leading industry players, such as, A.T.E. Enterprises (representative of Huber SE in India), Bilfinger Water Technologies, GEA Westfalia Separator, HNB Engineers, Ion Exchange Waterleau, JFE Engineering India, Metso Minerals, Otto Waste Systems India, SFC Environmental Technologies, Siemens and ThyssenKrupp Bauservice GmbH, showcased their products and technologies.
“As India’s major metropolises are constantly growing, there is a need for fresh water. At the same time, the water table is sinking,” said Hemant Watve, MD & CEO, WILO Mather and Platt, a subsidiary of WILO SE, Germany, a pioneer in the design and manufacture of centrifugal pumps and pumping systems, which participated in the event.
Ignatius Dsouza, Head – Vertical, Water & Waste Water Process Automation said, “The fast growing Indian water market is strategically important to Siemens. IFAT India 2013 (was) a good platform to demonstrate Siemens products, systems, solutions and services to our customers.”
India is a future market where a lot will still happen. There are already several projects that are being realised with the involvement of the private sector. IFAT India 2013 showcased products that have been adapted to the market and also provide an opportunity for equipment suppliers from different sectors of water, sewage, refuse and recycling to share and educate people about their innovative technology.