The national capital is all set to get its biggest waste-to-energy plant by June.
The plant at the Narela-Bawana landfill site will able to tackle 1,300 tonnes of garbage on a daily basis and produce almost 24 mega watts of energy.
According to officials, the energy plant, spread over 150 acres, would begin functioning in the first week of June.
“The waste dumped here so far has been converted into refused derived fuel. This will be used as fuel when the plant begins functioning. This would help in disposal of waste and ensure no foul smell,” said North Delhi mayor Sanjeev Nayyar.
A senior leader of the municipal corporation said the plant was on lines of the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ and had been developed on modern lines to ensure no harm to the environment in any manner.
“With the beginning of this plant, about 80 to 85% solid waste at the plant would be disposed of completely and converted into compost and electricity. To ensure smooth functioning of the project, the North DMC has collaborated with a private partner,” said North MCD standing committee chairman Mohan Bhardwaj.
“We have sought an application from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) for consent to operate the plant and would begin its functioning as soon as we receive the permission,” said a senior municipal official.
Currently, Delhi has two waste-to-energy plants at Ghazipur and Okhla landfill sites.
The Ghazipur landfill has a plant to capture methane, which converts gas into energy. The plant uses around 2,000 ton of garbage and converts and produces 12 megawatt of energy.
Similarly, the Okhla landfill has a waste-to-energy plant which helps in tackling the garbage inflow up to a certain extent. The plant has a capacity to produce 12 megawatt capacity from 1,200 ton of garbage.