The much-controversial Okhla Waste Power Plant has finally started selling power to distribution companies after converting garbage into electricity.
Sources said the company has sold 14.9 million units of power to the distribution companies in the past four months. This has been achieved after converting 1.16 lakh metric tonne of garbage, which is being sold to BSES Rajdhani Power Limited.
On an average, 1,400 tonne of garbage — that usually had to be sent to the already overflowing landfill sites — is now making its way to the plant.
Sources said that the company has earned approximately R4 crore through this exercise in the past four months.
The ambitious project of the Delhi government and the unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi had run into rough weather after protests from the residents over the concerns that the fumes released through the chimneys will contain poisonous chemicals.
“The plant has been functioning on a trial basis and has been producing 0.3 million units per day,” said a Delhi government official.
According to the officials, following complaints from the residents, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) had carried out tests by checking samples on April 11 and May 7 and they did not find traces of the poisonous gases that the residents complaint about.
“This is a pollution-free plant and the DPCC tests have corroborated our claims. We are hoping to make the plant fully functional soon,” said a official.
According to BSES, so far, the south Delhi areas have been getting power from this plant but on a purely trial basis. Once the plant is fully functional, 50 per cent of the plant’s total generated power will be sold to BSES.
“This novel project offers an integrated opportunity to not only manage the city’s colossal municipal solid waste in an environment-friendly manner, but will also provide clean, green and pollution-free electricity,” said Gopal Saxena, chief executive officer of BRPL.
The residents of Okhla, Sukhdev Vihar and other adjoining areas have been protesting the waste-to-energy plants for quite some time. The residents are still unhappy with the plant and want it to stop functioning. “The kind of smoke that has been emitting from this plant is making our lives hell. It is so dense that our clothes and vehicles are getting covered in ashes,” said Asha Arora, a resident of Sukhdev Vihar. “We don’t trust the report of DPCC,” said Anant Trivedi, a resident of Ishwar Nagar.