A Waste-to-Energy Plant is a waste management system where waste is burnt to produce electricity. These plants usually burn municipal waste. The various techniques used in Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plants are biomethanation, combustion, gasification, pyrolysis. Non-recyclable and not-hazardous wastes should ideally be burnt in this process. The waste to energy plants comparatively release less pollution than a coal-based plant. Recently, residents of Okhla region and nearby areas in Delhi have been protesting against WTE plants in their vicinity. Why India Urgently Needs a Waste Management Plan? Increasing urbanization and industrialization has paved the way for greater economic growth in India. This is only augmented by increasing purchasing power of the average citizen. Simultaneou
Socio-enviro-economic crisis: Children among ragpickers at the Okhla Landfill Site. Waste to energy is essentially the process of generating electricity or heat from the direct burning of waste. The concept has been adequately exploited in developed countries and is known to be an environmentally considerate technology. Delhi’s first attempt at converting waste to energy was back in 1987. The Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) commissioned the Timarpur Refuse Incineration-cum-Power Generation Station at a capital cost of Rs. 20 crores (US$ 4.4 million) in that year. The Plant is said to have not run for more than 21 days of trial operations due to the low calorific value of Delhi’s waste (600- 700 kcal/kg as against the required 1462.5 kcal/kg. More recently, D
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 13 (starting March 25, 2013) 2013. 1. Health-conscious Delhi goes the organic way Delhiites have started watching what they eat. Sale of organic foods, seen as a passing fad till a few years ago, has soared, thanks to a rising focus on health and environment in the Capital. 2. Greater Flamingos stage a comeback at Okhla park The stunningly beautiful Greater Flamingos are back in Delhi, and how. 3. East Delhi Municipal Corporation plans to set up another waste-to-energy plant The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has planned another waste-to-energy plant in Shastri Park. The land allotment by the Delhi Development Authority for the project is under process. 4. Implement green tribunal's order...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 40 (starting October 1, 2012) 2012. 1. Ghazipur waste-to-energy plant trial runs soon Delhi’s second waste-to-energy plant in Ghazipur is set to begin pilot runs by the end of October. The first one is in Timarpur Okhla. 2. Delhi trains to have green toilets by coming March There is some good news for activists who have been asking the Indian Railways to sort out the problem of manual scavenging due to the existence of conventional toilets in trains. 3. Garbage plant to produce power, CNG With the Ghazipur landfill site unable to take in more municipal waste, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has started work on building two plants at the site — one to generate electricity and another t
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 32 (starting August 6, 2012) 2012. 1. In Delhi, waste generates power — and debate By the end of this year, Delhi will have its second waste-to-energy plant generating electricity at the landfill near Ghazipur. A similar plant, Timarpur Okhla Waste to Energy plant, sited in the vicinity of a residential colony and a hospital, has started generation since the beginning of this year. 2. No contempt of court on BRT: Govt The Delhi government on Wednesday told the Delhi high court hearing the BRT row that it had allowed other vehicles to ply on the corridor earmarked for buses from Moolchand to Ambedkar Nagar till the court took a final stand. 3. Panel to suggest water-logging fixes A team le
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 23 (starting June 4, 2012) 2012. 1. Eco friendly is cool From solar cars, miniature scooters and beer cans to decor vases made from glass bottles with miniature paintings — Delhiites are finding interesting ways to make their contribution to the environment. 2. Dwarka residents team up to revive dying pond It was camaraderie at its best. Neighbours who never knew one another joined hands for Mother Nature. There was once a pond in their midst that teemed with life. Today, muck and filth has sucked out life from it, almost. It's drying up. And the Dwarka Sector 23 residents went all out to save it on Sunday. 3. Delhi Metro to tap solar power Delhi's new age transport system is going green, with
It is almost as though it is a legend. I have heard about it from many people so far and was reminded of it last by Mr. Shashi Pandit, a panel member at the recently concluded Delhi Youth Summit on Climate 2010. There is no real written or documented evidence of it so to say, at least none that I have ever come across. And the very structure that was both the culprit and the victim, and must surely be a witness to it all, was brought down only a few months back. Luckily I did get to to see it twice before it was dismantled, without any prior notification to anyone, to know that it was for real. The Nehru Vihar Waste to Energy Plant, that was set up in North Delhi after purchasing everything from abroad (no names, for lack of a more rational Government) and installed in full glory...