Delhi Mayor P. K. Sawhney has announced that a waste-to-energy plant with a capacity of 1,300 metric tonnes garbage per day at Ghazipur and a similar plant at Okhla with a capacity of 2,050 metric tonnes garbage would be set up by the middle of next year.
He was speaking at a seminar on effective waste management organised by PHD Chamber on the occasion of World Environment Day in the Capital over the weekend.
Mr. Sawhney said Delhi was at present producing about 6,500 metric tonnes of solid waste per day, which further increases during festivals. At the present rate, he said, garbage generation is likely to go up to 14,300 metric tonnes by the year 2024.
He expressed concern that all three landfill sites of the MCD are filled beyond their capacity, and stressed the need to recycle garbage and look for solid waste management alternatives.
The Mayor also talked about the present MCD schemes for waste reduction and recycling of garbage.