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Effluent Treatment Plant in Hubli

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An appealing garden graces the Hubli kitchen campus, adding a serene quality to the sleek modern architecture of the building. Immaculately maintained, it is a testament to Akshaya Patra’s ‘go green’ efforts in Hubli, where we are aiming for ISO14000 certification.

One of the successful initiatives of these efforts is the effluent treatment plant (ETP) that has been running for nearly a year. Laxman Wakkunda, who is part of the team responsible for smooth running of the ETP explains how the plant functions. “Water from vegetable cutting, rice cleaning and vessel washing all comes in separately to the plant,” he says, pointing to pipes leading from the kitchen into the ETP. It flows naturally into a series of troughs of differing heights, getting progressively cleaner as it flows from one trough to another. Laxman prepares the culture needed to clean the water everyday, which includes approximately 2kgs of sugar and half a kg of salt. “We use around 20 liters of it daily,” he adds. “We prepare it 24 hours in advance.”

Maintaining and running the ETP is a 24 hour job according to him. “The kitchen shift starts as early as 2:30 in the morning, and our work begins from then,” he says. Laxman works together with his co-worker Hanumanth Gathanavar to manage the day to day operations of the plant.

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Vice-Chairman to speak at TIDES Summit

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The Vice-chairman of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa will be one of the speakers at the <a href=”http://tidescoimbatore.com/index.html”>TIDES leadership summit</a> conducted by the CII (Confederation of Indian Industries). The summit will happen on the 11th and 12th of March 2011 in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu.  </p>
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The CII works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the growth of industry in India, partnering industry and government alike through advisory and consultative processes. For the year 2010 – 11, CII has taken up the agenda of ‘Business for Livelihood’.  The TIDES summit which will also focus on this agenda has an array of eminent speakers from all walks of life including journalists, writers, actors, musicians and much more.
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Thank you Olive

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<p><a href="http://www.olivebarandkitchen.com/" ><img style="float: left; margin: 10px; border: 0px;" src="https://www.akshayapatra.org/sites/default/files/images/olive_img.JPG" border="0" alt="Thank you Olive" title="Olive" /></a> Olive is an award winning chain of specialty restaurants with presence in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. It has found
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CISCO Employees Visit Akshaya Patra Kitchen

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<p style="text-align: justify;"><img style="float: left; margin: 10px; border: 0px;" src="https://www.akshayapatra.org/sites/default/files/images/Vasanthapura_img1.jpg" title="CISCO Employees Visit Akshaya Patra" border="0" alt="The Akshaya Patra Foundation"  /> A simple building on a small hillock at Vasanthapura belies ten years of working
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