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India’s first waste-to-energy plant to start generation from July

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).

In March this year, 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 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 ordered an inquiry into the ‘waste-to-energy Plant’ the Delhi Government is setting up in the Okhla area in the capital.

Since, the Shiela Dikshit government, filed an affidavit  in the Supreme Court  and said: “The Timarpur-Okhla project would utilise 2,050 tonnes per day of municipal waste to generate over 16 MW of green electricity and is expected to be complete by this year.”

According to reports, India’s first waste-to-energy plant, touted as an answer to the waste and electricity woes of the capital, will start operations from July. But people living near the site are up in arms over the Rs200 crore project’s high environmental and health costs —something the company denies.

The Timarpur Okhla Municipal Solid Waste Management plant is a private-public partnership project of the  Jindal ITF Ecoplis and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). The project is spread over a two-acre landfill in Okhla in south Delhi. About 70% of the construction is complete.

Once completed, the plant will produce 16 MW of electricity, enough to serve six lakh homes, from about 2,050 tonnes of solid waste, which is 25 percent of the waste generated in Delhi every day.

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