The Ghazipur waste-to-energy plant, which will produce more than 13MW power by burning 1,300 tonne of waste daily, is all set to become operational by July-end, claims the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).
Constructed near the Ghazipur landfill site, the plant will utilise the garbage generated by east Delhi every day. The move will stop dumping in the area.
“The work on the plant is about to finish. It will become operational by July-end and will provide 1,300 tonne of garbage daily from the two zones that fall under the EDMC. This will solve the problem of garbage disposal in the EDMC,” said SS Yadav, commissioner, EDMC.
The plant is being developed by New Delhi Waste Processing Company Private Ltd, a joint-venture between the Delhi government and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd.
“This will be our first big-ticket project since the formation of EDMC. The Trans-Yamuna area has always faced the problem of waste disposal,” Yadav said.
The plant will offer respite to Delhiites from the unpleasant sight of the landfill site, which is spread over 70 acres and has garbage mounds as high as a 25-storey building. Besides, they pose serious health hazards by emitting poisonous gases.
“More than 500 trucks from Trans-Yamuna dump waste here. Even after trifurcation, we get waste from Sadar Paharganj zone, which now comes under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation,” said a EDMC engineer.
With the formation of the new municipal corporation, the work of reclaiming the landfill site has caught pace. The unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was to reclaim the 70-acre dumping site, excavate and redevelop it.
“Another plant of 2,000 tonne capacity will be set up on the landfill site and power will be generated from combustible waste. We hope to do all this in a couple of years. However, clearing the mounds of garbage can take some time,” he said.