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NDMC plans small-scale waste-to-energy plants (April)

As part of its green initiative, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to set up small-scale waste-to-plants in its localities. The first plant will be set up near Safdarjung Hospital. Officials say the civic agency will soon float tenders for the project. At present, waste generated in NDMC areas-close to 250 metric tones daily- is sent to the waste-to-plant in Okhla. Officials say due to high transportation cost and technical problems, often, the entire waste is not transported to the landfill site.

 

These small-scale waste-to-plants will bring down the transportation cost and also help in effective waste management. The generated from these plants will be used to meet the requirement of the neighbouring areas. "These plants don't require much space. It can be set up on a 1,000 square metre plot. We have received expression of interest from six companies. We will soon float tender for the project," said O P Mishra, director project department, NDMC.

 

According to the proposals received by the agency, one plant is likely to generate 40 MW of daily, said sources. The average power consumption in NDMC area is 150 MW. Officials say that with the latest technology, it seems possible to generate maximum power with minimum waste. "If we are able to produce some electricity from waste in localities, it will help us meet the local requirement," said an official. The civic agency is finalizing the tender documents. Sources say the land will be given on lease for a period of five-ten years. "If this project is successful, then we will set up similar plants at two other locations," said an official. At present, the civic agency has a waste-to-plant at Okhla which is managed by a private concessionaire. Officials say it is a large scale project where close to 1,500 metric tonnes of waste is processed everyday to generate power.

 

Apart from these small-scale waste-to-plants, the civic agency plans to set up organic waste management plants in all its major gardens. NDMC will hire private concessionaires to process organic waste into fuel. "We plan to convert organic waste into pellets (fuel). We will soon float tenders for the same. CPWD has installed a similar system in Buddha Jayanti Park," said Mishra. The plants will come up in Talkatora Garden, Lodhi Garden, Purana Qila Nursery and Nehru Park. NDMC officials say a lot of organic waste is generated in all its major parks and gardens. Initially, the civic agency was planning to set up a composting plant, but decided against it as that needed a lot of space. "Instead of compost, we will now generate fuel (pellets)," said an official.

Times of India, Delhi, Tuesday 22nd April 2014