Minister: ‘90% waste in Delhi is processed’

The housing and urban affairs ministry reports that 90% of the municipal solid waste generated every day in Delhi is processed.

In a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Kaushal Kishore, the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, said that Delhi generates approximately 11,143 tonnes of municipal solid waste, with a total waste processing share of 90%. Chhattisgarh is the only state or union territory that processes 100% of its municipal waste.

In its response, the ministry stated that there is 100% door-to-door collection of municipal solid waste in 297 of the total 302 wards across the three municipal areas — MCD, MCD, and MCD.

In another response, the ministry stated that it has approved projects totaling Rs 776 crore from the Delhi government for the remediation of three municipal dump sites under the Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0. It stated that the Centre has released Rs 174 crore as the first installment for the commencement of these works. It also stated that waste removal operations have begun, with nearly 20 acres cleared at Bhalswa and 15 acres cleared at the Okhla site, reports The Times of India.

According to the operational guidelines, the central government will contribute 80 percent of the Rs 776 crore, or Rs 621 crore, and the Delhi government will contribute a matching share of Rs 155 crore to the remediation project.

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