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New Delhi’s first 16 MW waste to energy project at Okhla faces major oppostion from local residents

As readers of Panchabuta might be aware we had talked about  Municipal Corporation of Delhi to become the first local body in India to get carbon credits for the Okhla compost plant. Further we had mentioned in December last year that  Municipal Corporation of Delhi had announced plans to generate power from waste, with three plants at Okhla and Timarpur (16 MW), Gazipur (10 MW) and Narela-Bawana Road (36 MW).

We has mentioned last month that, Delhi was all set to get its first waste-to-energy plant with a waste management plant in Okhla to be operational in July. We had also mentioned then that the proposed Rs 200 crore plant will generate 16 MW of power from 1,350 metric tonne solid waste and that it had come under severe criticism from local residents and environmental activists who claim the project will increase the overall pollution level. 

According to reports, residents of Sukhdev Vihar in South Delhi are up in arms against a waste-to-energy plant coming up 150 metres away from the colony’s boundary. After generating public opinion for the last two months, the residents on Thursday submitted a memorandum to Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh and demonstrated outside his office on Thursday, demanding that further construction of the plant be stopped immediately. The residents have also filed a PIL in the court and are awaiting a hearing, the report further added.

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