Govt panel grants approval of Okhla WtE plant expansion

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Despite opposition from residents in the surrounding areas, the Centre’s expert appraisal committee (EAC) has recommended granting environmental clearance for the expansion of the Okhla waste-to-energy plant in south Delhi. The Jindal Group-owned Timarpur-Okhla Waste Management Company operates the waste-to-energy (WTE) plant, which generates 23 MW of electricity by burning municipal solid waste. It has now requested permission to increase its power generation capacity by 17 MW, reports The Print.

Following a public hearing on August 16, the EAC had rejected a similar proposal and said the plan offered no information on the change in the environmental scenario or on the baseline pollution load as a result of the capacity augmentation. 

In October, the National Green Tribunal had also granted its approval for the expansion of the plan, as reported on SolidWasteIndia.

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