Okhla WtE plant granted permission to expand operations

The Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) has allowed the Okhla waste-to-energy plant to increase its power generation from 16 MW to 23 MW by amending the environmental clearance the plant had received in 2007.

The Times of India reports that the MoEF has allowed the plant to increase its generation by 7 MW “without increasing the municipal solid waste (MSW) intake and without installing any additional equipment.” “..The ministry has amended the environmental clearance granted in 2007 for increase in power generation from 16 MW to 23 MW without increasing MSW intake and without installing any additional equipment..” as per order documents accessed by TOI.

Additional conditions have also been imposed on the plant. No further expansion will be permitted beyond the 23 MW power generations capacity at the site, considering its proximity to the Sukhdev Vihar residential colony, which is less than 100 metres away.

This is a ‘u’ turn on its September 2019 order when the ministry had observed a number of violations at the plant.

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