According to Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Commissioner K S Mehra, MCD has become the first local body in India to get carbon credits for the Okhla compost plant being run by it.
He said the civic body has taken a number of “green initiatives” besides following the concept of “green building” at its new headquarters in Civic Centre here, which is conserving 25 per cent electricity.
“We have also started using solar water heaters in hospitals, solar lights, CFL lights for street lighting and in MCD buildings. We have initiated water harvesting in schools, offices and other municipal buildings and while 78 such projects have been completed, 271 have been taken up.”
Other than a CNG cremation ground in Green Park, MCD will set up a Rs three crore solar heater-powered Dhobi Ghat on Lodhi Road in which mechanised washing of clothes will be done. Mehra also said MCD has set up 526 waterless urinals which help in saving precious water.
It will approach market associations for setting up, at their own cost, bio-toilets and electronic toilets which are environment-friendly, Mehra said.
Environment-friendly initiatives like garbage treatment units, water harvesting and plants to generate power and gas from waste were in focus as the MCD unveiled its budget for 2011-12 financial year.
t has proposed to set up a Rs 12 crore ”gobar” (cowdung) treatment plant at Kakrola in Najagfarh to process 100 tonnes of dung every day to generate 200 KW energy.
The Commissioner said the sanitary landfill site at Ghazipur will be reclaimed and the stones and soil will be segregated from waste for use in building roads. GAIL India Ltd has been approached for a Methane gas plant at the site.
To generate power from waste, three plants at Okhla and Timarpur (16 MW), Gazipur (10 MW) and Narela-Bawana Road (36 MW) have been proposed. Mehra noted that it is already running to demolition waste processing plants in Burari and Narela-Bawana.
Panchabuta readers my recall that A2Z Maintenance & Engineering Services Limited that has announced its IPO had announced major project plans in the waste to energy space initially.