The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is all set to sort out Delhi ’s problem of ever-increasing garbage more efficiently by building a waste-to-energy plant at Narela-Bawana, where they already have a waste processing plant.
Highly placed sources have said that the plant was approved by the minister of environment on Tuesday and the plant would be set up by 2014.
The site will not only take care of 4,000 of the 8,000 metric tonnes of garbage generated by Delhi everyday but will also generate 32 MW of electricity, the highest to be produced by any waste-to-energy plant in the city.
The MCD has two more waste-to-enery plants at Okhla and Ghazipur. While the one at Ghazipur will take some more time to start, the Okhla site is expected to begin operations from November 10. The waste-to-energy site at Okhla will generate 16.5 MW of electricity.
“Taking care of the increasing garbage is one of the biggest challenges before the MCD. In the absence of newer sites for garbage disposal, MCD is trying to dispose off garbage by recycling them or converting them to energy,” said a senior official of MCD. The electricity produced will be added to the grid to power homes in the city.
The proposed waste-to-energy plant will be built at a cost of R500 crore and will be built by Ramky Group.
The plan had been introduced some time back but MCD was awaiting approval from the ministry to go ahead with the plan.
“The government is also supporting such initiatives in view of the ever increasing garbage problem. Delhi generates 8,000 metric tonnes of garbage daily, 2,000 tonnes of which is construction debris. While the garbage will be segregated and used at energy sites, the debris can also be recycled at C&D processing site at Burari,” added the official.