Delhi power plant may become waste-to-energy
New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) Delhi government is planning to convert the Rajghat Power Plant into a waste-to-energy plant, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Wednesday.
The proposal was discussed on Wednesday in a meeting of the inter-ministerial task force appointed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to tackle the issue of pollution and garbage disposal in the city.
“Delhi produces at least 10,000 tonnes of garbage every day while we don’t have capacity to process even half of it,” Jain said.
He added that the proposal to convert Rajghat Power Plant into a waste-to-energy plant was discussed with the three municipal corporations.
“They all agreed with the plan. It is a viable option and the site is ideal as it is accessible from all three municipalities. We are thinking about starting with a capacity of 4,000 tonnes,” Jain said.
“If we do that, we would have enough capacity to at least process the new garbage that is generated every day,” he added.
Jain said the committee also discussed plans to start small waste processing plants in vegetable markets, residential societies, hotels and the like.
“By doing that, there will be no need to transport garbage to the landfill sites. Our goal is to build a capacity to process more waste than we generate,” he said.
“We don’t want to dump more garbage on landfill sites. The only option is to process the waste,” he added.
Jain also announced that the government will soon launch a mobile app through which people will be able to know about sanitation workers posted in their area and will also be able to complain in case of their being negligent about duty.
“The app will also allow people to inform the concerned authority about garbage in their area that needs to be cleared,” he said.