GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
QUESTION NO 8
ANSWERED ON 13.03.2012
Pollution by Okhla Waste to Energy plant
SHRI JAI PRAKASH NARAYAN SINGH
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS be pleased to satate :-
(a) Whether it is a fact that residents residing near Yamuna river in Delhi are facing breathlessness problem due to smoke and odour emanating from Okhla Waste-to – Energy plant;
(b)if so, the details in this regard:
(c)the quantity of waste used so far by the plant and what are the pollutants and toxics being found so far in South Delhi area:
(d)whether Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has approved the technology being used by contractors in the project: and
(e)if not, the action taken against the contractors so far?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS (SHRIMATI JAYANTHI NATARAJAN)
(a) & (b): Complaints were received against the incineration of municipal waste and its likely harmful effects on the air quality and health of people in the Sukhdev Vihar/Okhla area due to the emissions from Waste-to – Energy plant at Okhla.
(c) As per the information provided by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), till 06.3.2012, a total of 27,469 Metric Tons of municipal solid waste has been utilized and 3,250 Metric Tons of waste is lying in the collection/storage pit in the plant.
DPCC is regularly monitoring the emissions from the stack attached to the plant. Levels of oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and Hydrochloric acid mist (HCl) are found to be within the standards, as prescribed in the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000. However, on four occasions out of ten, levels of Particulate matter (PM) exceeded the standard of 150 mg/Nm3.
(d) & (e) As per the Central pollution Control Board, the technology being used by the Waste-to-Energy plant at Okhla is as specified in the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000.