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Environmental Rules Violated to favour Waste to Energy Incinerator

Written By mediavigil on Monday, May 23, 2011 | 9:30 AM

Note: Timarpur-Okhla Waste to Energy Incinerator case came up for hearing on 23rd May. The next date of hearing is on 1st June, 2011. The toxic incinerator is being built by Jindal Ecopolis in the teeth
of opposition by residents of Okhla - that includes New Friends Colony, Maharani Bagh, Sarita Vihar, Sukhdev Vihar, Jasola Vihar, Haji Colony, Jamia Nagar, Haji Colony and Ishwar Nagar, Ghaffar Manil and Harikesh Nagar.  .

Arvind Nigam and K K Rohatgi , counsel appearing for the residents in the Public Interest Litigation they have filed in the Delhi High Court, will stress several legal violations committed by the public private partnership between Jindal Ecopolis and the Delhi state government that is behind the plant.

Violations include that of Supreme Court rulings in 2005 and 2007 restricting waste-to-energy (WTE) plants to pilot projects and not the full-scale industry producing 16 megawatts of electricity that is being
built at Okhla. Counsel will point to violations of land use since the site where the Okhla WTE is coming up was earmarked for green activity, such as a district park, and for education and research. About 13.5 acres of land was transferred to Jindal Ecopolis without prior permission from the Delhi Development Authority, violating DDA rules and procedures.

The plant violates the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2000 which require any incinerator to be integral to an existing landfill site, whereas the nearest landfill is located at Tughlakabad
about 12 kms away from Jindal's WTE.

While the Municipal waste Handling Rules 2000 require technology used in a WTE to be approved by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) no such approval has been obtained by respondents.

CPCB rules caution local bodies against adopting "expensive technologies of power generation, fuel pelletisation, incineration etc" until proven under Indian conditions and certified by the Government of India.

Under procedural violations the residents have submitted that there was no worthwhile public hearing and that this has been acknowledged by the Minister of Environment of Forests (MoEF) and that the State has a duty to disclose fully the size, the technology to be used, likely hazards,
full impact of the project to the public.

Environmental clearance for the project was given originally to the Industrial Leasing and Financing Services (IL&FS), but the company auctioned it to Jindal Ecopolis which failed to approach the MoEF as required by law. This has been acknowleged by MoEF Minister, Jairam Ramesh.
There is overwhelming evidence the technology employed by the waste to energy plant of this type produce toxic gases, residues and respirable particles, persistent organic pollutants.
Gopal Krishna
ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA)
Mb: 9818089660
E-mail: toxicswatchalliance@gmail.com

Given below is an old Press Release of the company that is setting up the polluting unit.
1 JAN 2011
Frost & Sullivan bestows JITF Ecopolis with the 2010 Waste to Energy Deal of the Year Award in the Indian Municipal Waste to Energy Market

Mumbai, India, January 2011 – JITF Ecopolis (Part of OP Jindal Group- Jindal ITF) received the Frost & Sullivan - Waste to Energy Deal of the Year Award in the Indian Municipal Waste to Energy Market for the year 2010. The Award was presented to JITF Ecopolis at the 2nd Annual Environment Awards night held in Mumbai, to commend its success in winning a 25-year-long concession from the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). This is to design, finance, construct, operate, and manage the Timarpur-Okhla Municipal Solid Waste project on a Build, Own, Operate, and Transfer (BOOT) concession framework.

Frost & Sullivan through its market study on the Indian Municipal Waste to Energy Market identified JITF Ecopolis Ltd. as an upcoming player in the fledgling municipal waste to energy market. India has explored only 10 percent of its potential to generate power from municipal solid waste. The average per capita waste generation in Indian cities ranged between 0.2 kg and 0.6 kg, while the overall municipal waste generation in India is about 48 million tons and anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5 percent over the next two years.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Allard M. Nooy, CEO – JITF Ecopolis and JITF Aquasource   said, “The award validates our mission to design, build and operate safe, reliable, sustainable and environmentally superior solutions. It also reinforces our commitment to offer sound solutions which help address some of today’s most pressing challenges – diversifying the energy supply, protecting the environment and addressing climate change.”

We believe that the environmental benefits of Waste to Energy, as an alternative to disposing of waste in landfills are clear and compelling: this technologically advanced technology reduces greenhouse (“GHG”) emissions, lowers the risk of groundwater contamination associated with landfills, and conserves valuable land. At the same time, Waste to Energy generates clean, reliable energy from a renewable fuel source, thus reducing dependence on fossil fuels, the combustion of which is itself a major contributor to GHG emissions.

Mr. Y. S. Shashidhar, Managing Director- Middle East and North Africa, Frost & Sullivan said, “Waste to energy contributes to only 1 percent of the overall electricity generation in India. The Indian market is endowed with growth drivers such as growing energy needs, humongous volumes of solid waste, space crunch for land filling, and carbon emission reduction credits that would enable the solid waste to energy market to grow at a CAGR of 9-12 percent in the next three years.  JITF’s success in bagging India’s largest waste to energy project, against a slew of reputed competitors, suggests its level of preparedness in providing optimal and sustainable solid waste management solutions.”

About Jindal ITF Ltd.
The infrastructure arm of Jindal SAW Ltd., Jindal ITF is a part of the US$ 12 billion O.P. Jindal Group (4th largest business house in India) with established leadership positions in steel, mining, power, energy, infrastructure, water, wastewater, solid waste management and waste to energy. Jindal ITF continues to add economic and social value to the economy and is making rapid strides with its ventures in portable water, wastewater, industrial water management services, waterborne transportation, Municipal Solid Waste to energy management and rail infrastructure - laying a strong foundation for a secure and sustainable future

Jindal ITF is a driving impetus behind development of sustainable infrastructure that matches global standards. Venturing into new areas of business in various sectors, Jindal ITF is making rapid progress in sectors as diverse as Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Management, Domestic Transport & Logistic, and Transportation Equipment Fabrication.

The business interests of Jindal ITF span across a gamut of infrastructure, transport and fabrication solutions addressing the varied needs of the Indian economy.

JITF Aquasource provides Total Water Solutions and is committed towards innovative processes for optimization of Water and Wastewater Management.

JITF Ecopolis was set up with the key objective of addressing the urban waste management problem. JITF Ecopolis is all set to commission India’s first commercial Waste-to-Energy plant in New Delhi and will be the largest-of-its-kind operational in Asia.

In a short span of two years of operations, JITF Ecopolis has been recognized for its efforts and won accolades. It is the proud recipient of the ‘Frost & Sullivan Indian Environment Industry Excellence Award 2010’.

JITF Vector is setting new standards in cargo transportation along the Indian coastline and inland waterways. With a fleet of eight vessels, including five Container Ships, options from Short Sea Shipping Containers to Break Bulk Ships… and an assurance of reliability.

JITF Shipyards with the development of the India Maritime Technology Park in Gujarat as the state's first maritime industry cluster, JITF Shipyards is moving swiftly towards new frontiers.

Jindal Rail Infrastructure at its 120 acre Vadodara site is manufacturing wagons using aluminum and steel that weighs less, and create greater space inside. This intelligent use of resources will result in carrying additional resources of nearly 240 tonnes.

Media Contact:  Jindal ITF Ltd.
Abha Negi

Sr. General Manager

Group Corporate Communications

Jindal SAW Ltd

M: 9811707968

E: abha.negi@jindalsaw.com

According to the company its milestones include:

Events / Milestones Dates
1 Award Of LOI 24th Jan’2008
2 Share Holder Agreement Signing 22nd Feb’2008
3 Financial Closure 25th May’2008
4 Site Handover By NDMC 4th Sep’ 2008
5 HT Line Removal Deposit In BSES Oct’2008
6 Site Clearance From Existing MSW & Superstructure Feb’2009
7 First PIL By Rwa Sukhdev Vihar Mar’2009
8 Dismissal Of First PIL By High Court 12th Aug’2009
9 Design Engineering Contract Finalisation June’2009
10 Boiler Contract Finalisation 28th Nov’2009
11 HT Line Removal By BSES 6th Jan’2010
12 PPA Signing With BSES 20th Jan’2010
13 Start Of Construction 15th May’2010
14 Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony 27th Jun’2010
15 IBR Approval Boiler 1 Received 1st Sept’2010
16 Arrival Of Boiler First Shipment At Mundra 15th Sep’2010
17 Construction Power Connection From BSES 18th Sep’2010
18 PAC Issuance From MNRE / SNA- Imports 6th Oct’2010
19 Evacuation Arrangement Finalisation With BSES Jasola Sub-Station 2nd Dec’2010
20 Construction Permission From CIB 20th Dec’2010
21 Boiler Drum 1 Erection 21st Dec’2010
22 TG Deck Erection 3rd Dec’2010
23 PPA Approval From DERC 20th Jan’2011
24 Boiler Drum 2 Erection 25th Jan’2011
25 Alternate Corridor Sanction Jan’2011
26 Completion Of Chimney 1 2nd Feb’2011

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