Ghaziabad will soon get a new solid waste processing plant at Galand. Modelled on the waste-to-energy concept, it will help turn the city’s waste into renewable energy. The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) handed over nearly 19 acres to the municipal-corporation. Municipal officials said the project will cost around ₹200 crore and produce electricity from processed solid waste.
The project is crucial as the city, at present, has no facility to treat nearly 950 metric tonnes of solid waste that it throws up daily. Officials added that the plant will have the capacity to process nearly 1,000-1,500 metric tonnes of daily waste and will be spread across 12 acres of the 19 allotted by the GDA.
“A private agency will bear the cost of the plant and will produce electricity and get returns from sales. The plant will produce nearly 15 megawatt of electricity. The electricity produced will be sold to the power corporation. We have also asked the authority to hand over another 15 acres of land which will be required to build a landfill site to dump and store the solid waste,” said Abdul Samad, municipal commissioner.
The 19-acre plot was provided by private developers to the GDA. As for the additional land that they require, the authority have told developers to purchase and hand over nearly 16.88 acres of land by May 20. The minutes of the meeting held with developers on May 18 stated that in the event the required land isn’t provided by May 20, the authority will issue an order for sealing of the projects and will stop the ongoing construction work.
With the city presently lacking a facility to process its daily solid waste, the garbage is dumped and disposed of in unscientific manner at a temporary landfill site at Pratap Vihar. Earlier, a solid waste management plant (SWMP) was proposed at a site at Dundahera near NH-24.
However, in a major setback to the proposed SWMP, the National Green Tribunal, in December, 2016 quashed the environmental clearance (EC) issued for the project and also the NOC issued by the UP pollution control board.