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Stop Hazardous Waste to Electricity Plant in Jalandhar

Written By Gopal Krishna on Monday, September 26, 2011 | 10:08 PM

In Jalandhar, Jindal Urban Infrastructure Limited (JUIL), a company of M/s Jindal Saw Group Limited has proposed an incineration of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) based plant to generate electricity. This will set a bad precedent for whole of Punjab. It must be stopped. Prithviraj Jindal is owner of the company. The public hearing for the proposal of a hazardous waste to electricity plant in Jalandhar is scheduled for 30th September, 2011.

Draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report of the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) based Dioxins and heavy metals emitting electricity plant provides details of the project. It is also a fraudulent carbon trade project.

Similar plant of Selco International Ltd is lying defunct in Andhra Pradesh for the last 3 years. JUIL's proposal is facing bitter opposition in Delhi's Okhla area since 2005. Jindal's have been able engineer huge delay in the Delhi High Court where there is petition pending against them. This project is coming up in violation of the Supreme Court's order. There is a White Paper of Union Ministry of Environment & Forests against such technology. This paper is available on Ministry's website.

The argument "a city dumping its waste in the village in various disguises is unacceptable and unpardonable". The proposed heavily polluting waste burning project will poison the food chain and affect the present and future generations. The details of hazards of RDF incineration technology and the Supreme Court's order are available at: toxicswatch.blogspot.com
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