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NGT to review waste-to-energy plant

Written By Krishna on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 10:38 PM

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has issued a bailable warrant against the commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation for failing to appear at a hearing. The court was hearing an application by residents of Sukhdev Vihar and neighbouring colonies against the waste-to-energy plant in their area.

The expert committee formulated by the court will study the problemand submit its report by April 4. "The first and the foremost question that has to be answered to this tribunal is whether or not this plant is causing environmental problems and releasing hazardous discharges which could be injurious to the health of the residents... we need recent data to be placed before us and it must be brought on record by a duly constituted expert committee," the bench noted.

The committee will comprise the member secretary of Central Pollution Control Board, member secretary of Delhi Pollution Control Committee, a representative scientist from the ministry of environment and forests, a technical expert representing the residents, a representative of Jindal Ecopolis which is operating the plant and an environmental engineer from DPCC.

The committee will make a surprise visit to the plant within the next two weeks at a time when the plant has been functioning to its optimum capacity continuously for at least two hours. They will collect stack and ambient air samples from the chimney and the neighbouring areas between one and three km around the unit. The samples will be analyzed in a CPCB laboratory and another one that is approved by MoEF.

The committee will also collect information on the quantity and quality of ash being discharged from the unit and details of fuels being used in the incinerator. "Samples of residual waste, if any, shall also be collected and analyzed for its physical and chemical composition. The inspection team shall also place on record the mechanism that is adopted for disposal of residual waste," the order said. The plant was set up to incinerate 2,000 metric tonnes of waste in order to generate 16 MW power. 

Neha Lalchandani, 
The Times of India 
March 13, 2013

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