This is an Educational Tour report of Department of Environmental Science, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad held in the year Feb 2016. We visited various places in Nashik MIDC of Maharashtra and tried to understand different concepts like ETP, STP etc essential in Environmental Science. Finally the tour was full of fun and Enjoyment.
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Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad
Department of Environmental Science
Educational Tour Report – 2016
Mr. Mahesh Joshi M.Sc. Second Year Fourth Semester
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The Department of Environmental Science of Dr.
Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University
embarked on a milestone journey through its three
days Annual Educational tour during March 15 to
March 17, 2016. It was special and unique in more
ways than one. The concept of Learn with Fun kept
students constantly involved, thinking, analyzing and
correlating the academic curriculum with the real
life. The amazing exploration not only covered visit
to the globally acclaimed Industries in Nashik MIDC
area, but also added fragrance of sanctity and
spirituality in it by visiting the Saptashrungi
Goddesses of Wani. The autumn gathering ended with a thrilling and adventurous experience at the
Saputara hill station of Gujrat that made this tour memorable forever.
The idea of this wonderful tour was brainchild of our Head of Department Prof. Dr. N.N.
Bandela. For designing the blue print of this journey, he got
equivalent support from Prof. Dr. Satish Patil, Prof. Dr. B.L.
Chavhan and Prof. Y.L. Padme. The entire team worked for
around a month to make this event successful. For that they
personally spoke with the tour operators, hotel owners and
travel agents to avoid any confusion or inconvenience. It was
the fruit of their constant efforts that the entire journey
completed without any obstacle, safely and joyfully. On the
board, Dr. Bandela and Dr. Patil were accompanied by 3 staff
members Viz. Bhushan Aher, Jagan Mama and Mangesh. Two
teachers, 3 staffers and 30 students of M.Sc First and Second year including boys and girls started
journey from Kranti Chowk area of Aurangabad at around 6 AM.
Day 1, Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Sewage treatment plant (Tapovan, Nasik)
As expected the tour witnessed a high
voltage opening of rocking performances of
dance, play and jokes by the students. After
taking a breakfast to add energy, we
reached to our first destination at Nashik.
Here we visited the Sewage Treatment Plant
(STP) located at Tapovan area. The staff of
Municipal Corporation of Nashik gave us a
hearty welcome and later the Sectional
Engineer Mr. Sandesh Thakur, Plant Incharge
Mr. Madhukar Mahale and Chemist Mr.
Sanjay Matale presented us with a wonderful power point presentation of functioning of STP. After
that we split into two groups for actual site visit and got a very clear picture of the STP, which is second
largest such plant in India. Currently the plant has capacity of 78 MLD. Processes used in the Tapovan
plants are Up flow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB).
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GlaxoSmithKline, Ambad MIDC, Nashik
Our second destination for the day was scheduled at
the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) at Ambad MIDC, Nasik.
Here Mr. Rohit Virmani (General Manager, EHS) and
Mr. Sai Darbha (Manager, EHS) gave introduction
about GSK and detailed information the 600 KLP
ETP-STP plant and Hazardous Waste Management
practices adopted by the company. We were amazed
to see such a wonderful place. Roads inside GSK,
infrastructure, building and whole campus was so nice
that we didn’t feel that we are in any industry. GSK
also provides medicine named Alberazore for disease
Elephantiasis to WHO for free since 2010. Finally, the GSK offered us high tea
and snacks which was similar to grand lunch for all of us. Around 1200
employees are working in this plant spread at 43 acres land.
It was end of day one academic sessions. But more bliss was waiting for
us at the Ramghat. We spent a superb evening at the banks of Godavari. Also
visited the Kalaram Temple that holds a significant place in the history of Dr.
Babasaheb Ambedkars’s struggle for inhalation of caste system in India. Our
first dinner at Hotel Sanskruti also gave us delightful experience. We took our
first halt at Tryambakeshwar. Here nice arrangement was made at the MTDC
Resort. Our first halt became pretty by celebration of a student’s Birthday
followed by camp fire, dance and music.
Day 2, Wednesday, March 16, 2016
A neatly planned tight schedule was waiting for us for
Day 2. Some students in wee hours visited the Brahmagiri
Mountains, which is place of origin of Godavari River.
Later we began our tour by worshipping Lord Shiva at
Trimbyakeshwar. This is one of twelve Jyotirlingas’s and
holds significant place in Hinduism. The ancient Hindu’s
holy city of Trimbyakeshwar is located 40 km away from
Nashik and the place recently witnessed grand ceremony
of MahaKumbh. Millions of devotees took a holy dip into
Godavari during the Kumbh. After taking breakfast at
this holy place, we moved to Bosch India Limited plant at
Bosch India, Satpur MIDC
In India, Bosch Limited is the flagship company of the
Bosch Group. Nashik Plant is one of the important
establishments of Bosch in India since last 40 years. With
the constant efforts for excellence in Quality and delivery
commitments, the plant received good acceptance by
customers in Europe, USA and South East Asia. At
present the export business is about 25% of the plant
output. Bosch in Nashik is manufacturing nozzles and
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injectors for classical as well as Euro series. The plant is spread on 400,000 sq m. In addition to TS
16949, plant is also certified for ISO 14000, the internationally acknowledged certificate for
Environment protection. Here Mr. Anshul Malpani, Environmental Engineer delivered detailed
information about ETP & STP. The capacity of ETP is 430 CMD. The main feature of this ETP plant is
that it is automatic plant with various sensors and alarm system. It was very educative and
informative session. Here company arranged lunch their Bosch canteen.
Mahindra and Mahindra
Our second visit was scheduled at the Mahindra & Mahindra Plant in
the same Satpur MIDC. Mahindra facility at Nashik is a merchant
producer of blanked automotive skin panels. M&M was the first
automotive major in India to outsource manufacturing of blanked
body profiles or skin panels thus rewriting the rules of the business in
India. Strategically located 25 km from Nashik city, the plant is
ideally situated to cater to the automotive belt in the Western region. We were mesmerized to see such
huge campus with lots of new vehicles like Bolero, Scorpio, Xylo, Sentra, Verinto around us. EHS officer
Mrs. Sujata Kulkarni and Mr. Harshad kaduskar, Asst. Manager EHS introduced us about ETP & STP
Plant through a power point presentation. Later Mr. Don, ETP In charge accompanied for site visit. The
capacity of plant is 1100 CMD. The beauty of this plant is the effluent came here by travelling a
distance of 5 km by the natural gravitational force. No power is used to lift effluent to the ETP tanks.
After 2 days of Industrial visit with lots of information gathering, meeting various
professional, we feel like amongst them. But the student demanded more. It was already there in list.
Soon after it, we headed towards Goddess Saptashrungi temple Wani, a sacred place. Here we did
second halt at the Bhakta Niwas, an accommodation facility been provided by the trust at affordable
Day 3, Thursday, March 17, 2016
All our spiritual places have been related to science,
which aspect is neglected by us for years together.
There is a specific reason for the emergence of each and
every spot in India. Saptashrungi of Wani also holds
similar significance. We got up early in the morning at
around 5. It was a time to begin our day by
worshipping Goddess Saptashrungi. The temple is
situated in the middle part of huge mountains. As soon
as we started approaching the place we felt sanctity of
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the atmosphere. And
this was related to the
spiritual vibrations in
the atmosphere. The
idol of the goddesses is
emerged. A single look
at Goddess full filled us
with spiritual satisfaction. As it was a nice time for photography, many cameras started clicking the
Sun rise view from the higher altitudes of Wani temple. Coming back to the Bhakta Nivasa, we
packed up our bags to move for our final and last destination, Saputara in Gujarat.
Passing from the Zigzag hills, we reached at
Saputara, which is said to be alone hill
station in Gujarat. This place is famous for
Air Rappelling, Rope Way, boating, Horse
riding, bike riding and other adventurous
games. We hired a local vehicle here to see
the tourism destination here.
However, we all were disappointed
to see that the rope way and Rappelling was
closed due to maintenance. It was tough
time to enjoy other games and adventures
sports due to rising mercury. Hence without
spending more time at the Hill Station, we
preferred to have fun at the lake. Here
almost everyone enjoyed Boating and some of us had Boating race too. We were running out of time
and it was demanding us to leave Saputara. Accordingly, we started our return journey from there at
around 4 PM.
The return journey again witnessed lots of fun, Bus dance and lot many activities. After taking a
dinner in a Hotel near Vaijapur, we reached in Aurangabad at around 11 PM. Our department took utmost
care to see that everyone has reached at their home without any
hurdles. The bus drop
route was arranged
sir asked every
student to inform him
by text messages once
they reached at home.
Finally, it was end of
the three days thrilling
educational tour …
and everyone was
ready with a wonderful dream about the fantastic experience in the magical journey.