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DIAL garbage for your electricity needs

delhi Updated: Jun 26, 2009 00:28 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
DIAL garbage for your electricity needs

It is developing a world-class international airport complex. It will now produce electricity from garbage.

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the company that has taken up the job of transforming Indira Gandhi International Airport, will now set up a municipal solid waste processing complex to generate electricity from household garbage.

The power generation plant, which is called a municipal solid waste processing complex, will be set up near the landfill site in Ghazipur in east Delhi.

DIAL, in a joint venture with Selco International will set up the plant on build, own, operate and transfer basis. Delhi government will provide the land to set up the electricity generation complex.

According to senior Delhi government officials, the plant will utilise about 1,300 tonnes of over 7,600 tonnes of solid waste produced in Delhi every day. Officials said about 8-10 Mega Watt (MW) electricity would be generated from this plant using refuse derived fuel technology.

Sources said 51 per cent of the power generated at this plant would be procured by BSES Yamuna Power Limited while the bidder would be able to sell the remaining 51 per cent to third parties.

“Though the amount of electricity generated at this complex will not be huge, the plant will definitely pave the way for all future endeavours of solid waste management and garbage generation from household waste,” a senior Delhi government official said.

Officials said clearances from various agencies concerned including Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Airport Authority of India and the Air Force have already been taken.

Confirming the development a DIAL spokesperson said: “This is in line with our policy to go for environment-friendly initiatives. This is a step in the direction of making Delhi a green and clean city.”

Selco International, DIAL’s partner in this project, is already running a similar project in Hyderabad for the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad and has also signed contracts with the municipal corporations of Ahmedabad and Howrah to set up similar waste processing facilities to generate 7.5 MW electricity.