Ghazipur plant to process more waste

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Vibha Sharma vibha.sharma@htlive.com

THE CA­PAC­ITY OF THE WASTE TO EN­ERGY PLANT AT THE LAND­FILL SITE WILL BE IN­CREASED FROM 1,300 TONNES TO 1,900 TONNES TO MAN­AGE WASTE BET­TER

NEWDELHI: Hav­ing failed to find a new site for dump­ing garbage in the area, the East Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has de­cided to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of the waste to en­ergy plant at Ghazipur.

The civic agency gen­er­ates 2,800 tonnes of waste daily, of which 1,300 tonnes goes to Ghazipur and 500 to Okhla waste to en­ergy plants. The rest 1,000 tonne is dumped at the land­fill.

The step has been taken to re­duce the bur­den on the Ghazipur land­fill, which has ex­hausted its ca­pac­ity. On Septem­ber 1, two peo­ple died af­ter a por­tion of the land­fill col­lapsed. Lieu­tenant gover­nor Anil Bai­jal had im­posed a com­plete ban on dump­ing waste there af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

But within a week of the ban, dump­ing started at Ghazipur with the EDMC of­fi­cials say­ing that they are us­ing the lower part of the land­fill and they have no al­ter­na­tive.

“We have planned se­ries of ini­tia­tives to deal with the in­creas­ing waste bur­den, and one of them is in­creas­ing the ca­pac­ity of Ghazipur waste plant. We will soon sign a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the cur­rent op­er­a­tor to in­crease its ca­pac­ity from 1,300 tonnes to 2,500 tonnes in one year,” said Ran­vir Singh, EDMC com­mis­sioner.

But, for the time be­ing only 600 tonnes of ad­di­tion waste will be con­sumed, he said.

On Thurs­day, the stand­ing com­mit­tee ap­proved the pro­posal for trans­fer­ring ad­di­tional land of 8.33 acres ad­join­ing the WTE plant for en­hanc­ing the ca­pac­ity of plant and de­ploy­ing ad­di­tional ma­chin­ery.

“The plant will start func­tion­ing by next month and start con­sum­ing 1,900 tonnes (in­stead of the cur­rent 1,300 tonnes) of waste ev­ery day,” said Singh.

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