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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has announced an October deadline for the commissioning of a new waste-to-energy (WTE) plant at Tehkhand. It will use 2,000 tonnes of waste per day to generate 25 megawatts of electricity.
The Department of Environment Management Services has devised a two-year strategy for developing waste management facilities in order to eliminate landfill dumping.
Every day, the erstwhile South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) gathers 3,600 tonnes of waste from four zones. Nearly 1,500 tonnes are sent to Okhla’s first WTE facility, 200 tonnes to the composting plant, and the rest to the landfill. The WTE plant in Okhla produces 21 MW of electricity.
The Tehkhand facility, which would cost Rs 375 crore and span 15 acres, will be built on a public-private partnership basis. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the ministry of housing and urban affairs is distributing Rs 105 crore. “The plant’s operation is critical since the Okhla landfill can no longer take any additional waste,” the official explained.
“Work on the designed landfill site, which will absorb WTE plant rejects/inert, is also underway.” We’ve set aside 27.3 acres for the project, which will be located next to the Tehkhand WTE facility. We expect to finish the project in March 2023. To avoid last-minute problems, more amenities will be added. This comprises a 100 KLD leachate treatment plant, reports The Times of India.