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 had mentioned in February 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.
Last month, residents of Sukhdev Vihar in South Delhi were up in arms against the waste-to-energy plant coming up 150 metres away from the colony’s boundary. After generating public opinion for the previous 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.
According to reports, taking note of strong protest by residents, Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh a few days ago ordered an inquiry into the ‘waste-to-energy Plant’ the Delhi Government is setting up in the Okhla area in the capital. This is a further set back to the ‘waste-to-energy’ project. Mr Ramesh visited the site this afternoon along with top authorities of the Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB) and asked Chairman of the Board S P Gautam to look into the complaints that the plant would contaminate the environment of the areas by releasing toxic gases.