The municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has worked out "broad strategies" for handling municipal solid waste. If the proposals mooted by MCD are a success, the corporation will process 52 per cent of the 9,000 metric tones of waste generated by 2009.
In its latest affidavit moved by MCD standing counsel Sanjiv Sen, the corporation has given updated details of steps initiated to handle solid waste. One of them is MCD's agreement with the World Bank for extraction of green gases from the existing landfill sites and to further claim carbon credits.
Composting: The MCD intends to process 52 per cent of the total daily waste generated in the Capital. The compost plant at Bhalswa has been running to full capacity of 500 MT per day, while the Narela-Bawana that will treat 500 MT more will be operational by July 2009. MCD has already entered into an agreement with IL&FS for assistance to establish waste processing plants. The corporation is also working to increase the capacity of its Okhla plant from 200 to 500.
Refuge Derived Fuel (RDF): A tripartite agreement Delhi Government and IL&FS has been signed to establish a plant at Timarpur where 600 MT waste will be utilized for conversion into RDF every day. A proposal has also been received for the Narela-Bawana where 600 MT waste will be converted into RDF per day. Work at this site is likely to be commissioned by December 2009.
Waste to Energy: Under the tripartite agreement, IL&FS is also establishing a waste-to-energy plant at Okhla and Timarpur where 1,200 MT of waste will generate power. The facility will be commissioned by December 2009. A similar energy plant is being constructed at Ghazipur, which will utilize 1,300 MT of waste per day.
Landfill: The MCD proposes to develop engineered landfill sites at Jaitpur, Narela-Bawana and at Bhatti Mines. If MCD’s projects are commissioned on schedule, the corporation claims its infrastructure will be in place to take on the burden of MPD-2021, when the total daily waste generated will be around 1,7000 MT.