You cannot treat garbage like garbage if you are generating power out of it. The South Delhi municipal corporation is facing a unique problem with a waste-to-power generating unit in Okhla refusing to accept the garbage, saying it is not of the required quality.
The plant operator has complained to the SDMC authorities that "too much silt" in the garbage that is being supplied was affecting the power generation capacity as well as the performance of the machines involved in the process.
After the plant has stopped accepting the garbage, the SDMC is finding it difficult to manage tonnes of garbage that it collects daily.
Majority of the waste generated in south Delhi is fed to the plant. With de-silting work on in full swing the SDMC has been unable to segregate the garbage. According to plant operators, the waste being fed to the unit contains a lot of incombustible material.
"The plant operator claims that there is a heavy concentration of silt in the garbage, which is incombustible and thus harming the machines. The operator has refused to accept the garbage, making it increasingly difficult for the civic body to dispose of the garbage," said a senior sanitary department officer.
"De-silting of drains is going on for the upcoming monsoon, which has led to this problem. However, we will soon be calling a meeting to find a lasting solution to the problem," said Subhash Arya, leader of the house, SDMC.