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North Delhi to get green waste compost plant

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To deal with green waste coming from RWAs, parks and sabzi mandis, the North Municipal Corporation of Delhi (NMCD) is going to set up four 'bio-methanation plants' and six 'aerobic drum compost plants' in its jurisdiction soon.

The methanation plants would be five tonnes per day (TPD) capacity and compost plants of one tonne per day (TPD) load. The total cost in procuring and operation and maintenance of the same for five years would be Rs 17.95 crore at least.

Officials said that the fund would come from Ministry of Home and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) under the project of 'Solid Waste Management in Delhi.' The expense will not have to be borne by the cash-strapped NMCD.

North Delhi -- which encompasses areas like Sadar Bazar, Paharganj, Karol Bagh, Civil Lines, Rohini and Narela -- generates about 4,000 metric tonnes of waste daily. All this waste ends up in Bhalswa landfill. Experts believe that about 50 per cent of it is green or organic waste that can be easily converted into manure.

Instead, it mixes up with recyclable plastic, paper, wood, glass and styrofoam waste, besides construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and creates a mixture which cannot be utilised in any form. The green waste also rots and leads to generation of liquid leachate and methane gas. This gas often catches fire in summers and spots on the landfill burn spontaneously.

A senior official said, "We looked at the work order of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) which set up similar plants at Varanasi (UP) under a CSR initiative, and found the specifications to match ours. While we are still trying to enforce waste segregation at homes, we can at least compost the horticulture waste coming from our big parks and vegetable markets at these plants.

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