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Water treatment at the Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd (TNPL) is an impressive facility. Chemical effluents, de-inked waste fluids and other liquids discharged from the sprawling mills, were subjected to multi-level treatment: anaerobic, treatment with microbes, aeration, ozonation and filtration through RO processes help recover costly chemicals and also clear the effluents from harmful chemicals that are environmentally unsafe.

S Elangovan, Senior Manager at the effluent treatment plant at TNPL, who has been around since inception, was passionate and poetic about dealing with this sensitive issue. Precious chemicals recovered go for re-use; solid waste rich in lime goes for the cement plant nearby, converting waste to precious wealth. Residual harmful remnants are incinerated. The remaining treated effluent has helped transform around 1700 acres of once barren land into orchards and lush green coconut farms. Elangovan enthusiastically showed the greenery pointing to several other amenities provided to the local farmers, like a dhobi khana, water holes for cattle…

S J Varadarajan, Deputy General Manager referred to the zero discharge of effluents from the mills that produce around 1400 tonnes of paper a day.


Among the largest paper manufacturers…

TNPL produces around 400,000 tonnes of high quality printing paper and exports around a fifth of this, the largest for an Indian paper company. TNPL is setting up a 2 lakh tonne capacity double-coated, multi-layer paper board plant scheduled to be commissioned by the end of this year. With this addition, TNPL will have total capacity of 6 lakh tonnes of paper and boards and emerge among the largest in the country.

TNPL announced its financial results for 2014-15 on 28 May. The audited statements showed total income at Rs 2135.73 crore even while the year was considered tough and sluggish for the paper industry. TNPL earned a net profit of Rs 166.73 crore slightly improving over the profit earned during the previous year. This was earned on a paid-up share capital of just Rs 69.21 crore and had reserves (excluding re-valuation reserve) of a whopping Rs 1132.26 crore. The board of directors had recommended a dividend of 60 per cent for the year.

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