With landfill sites bursting at their seems, the National Green Tribunal on Thursday constituted a “high-powered team” to inspect the Bawana and Ghazipur plants and also the operation of thermal power plants at Rajghat and Badarpur besides also assessing the ambient air quality at the said sites.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar constituted the team comprising Environment and Power Secretary, Delhi, the Member-Secretary of CPCB, DPCC, senior scientist from MoEF, senior officer from Irrigation Department of UP and chief engineers of all municipal corporations.
The Delhi government submitted on Thursday that “if effective steps are taken and all departments cooperate, these plants (at Bawana and Ghazipur) could be made operational without much delay.” “They shall report as to the steps that are required to be taken to ensure that the waste-to-energy plant at Ghazipur and Bawana could be made operational without any further loss of time. The reports would be comprehensive in all respects and shall fix responsibility for the requirements to be completed and steps to be taken by the respective stakeholders and the authorities to ensure grant of clearance of these projects,” the bench ordered.
“They shall also inspect thermal power plants at Rajghat and Badarpur and submit a complete and comprehensive report about their operation and maintenance,” the bench said.
The green panel also directed the team to take samples of ambient air quality as well as stack air quality from all these plants which are in operation except Bawana as all other plants are operational or under trial and ordered that samples be analysed by DPCC, CPCB and Shriram Laboratory independently.
The govt submitted if effective steps are taken the plants could be made operational