Uttarakhand to build six WtE plants

The Uttarakhand government has announced plans to set up six new plants to generate electricity from solid waste.

Madan Kaushik, minister for urban development in the state has asked officials to make a detailed plan for the same. These plants will be set up in Roorkee, Rudrapur, Kashipur, Haldwani, Rishikesh and Kotdwar, reports The Hindustan Times.

The minister had said that a biogas plant should be set up with the help of the Indian Oil Corporation in Haridwar and a waste-to-energy plant in Roorkee. He also instructed officials to monitor all the municipal bodies for proper waste segregation, compost generation, and other activities for proper solid waste management. He further said that urban local bodies should sell waste to concerned departments after segregation.

“After the segregation of waste, urban local bodies should get income by selling the material to the Agriculture Department and Horticulture Department for making compost. The money received by the 14th Finance Commission will be spent in Solid Waste Management until 100% door-to-door collection and source segmentation is done,” announced Mr Kaushik.

Currently, there are two waste management plants in the state – one in Haridwar and the other in Dehradun.

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