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Chinese model to convert solid waste into energy

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The civic authorities are considering a proposal to replicate a Chinese model to convert solid waste into energy in Gurgaon even as green activists have warned against any such venture, claiming it will do more harm than good to the environment.

Apparently wiser from a recent trip to China, MCG officials are planning to hand over the Bandhwari waste treatment plant to a Chinese company, which has set up a number of 'waste-to-energy' plants in the neighbouring country.

As per a preliminary report prepared by the civic officials, the proposed waste-to-energy plant will cost over Rs 400 crore and will be built on a public-private-partnership model. If successfully set up, the plant will produce refuse-derived fuel (RDF) from waste that can power a boiler to generate electricity.

The Bandhwari plant receives over 1,100 tonne of waste from Gurgaon and Faridabad every day, which can be used to generate up to nine megawatt, which, as per experts, is enough to provide electricity to as many as five residential colonies.

An MCG official, who was part of the five-member team that went on the trip and visited three waste-to-energy plants set up by a particular firm in different parts of China, said the 'study tour' was an eye-opener. Officials of the Faridabad municipal corporation were also part of the team.

"They successfully converted waste into energy. We can also replicate the model in Gurgaon. If everything goes well, we may hand over the Bandhwari waste treatment plant to a Chinese firm. However, nothing has been finalised yet," said the official.

Spread over 32 acres, the Bandhwari plant has become a landfill over the past three-four years after it turned defunct following a fire in 2013.

Vivek Kamboj, an environmentalist, termed it an eye-wash. "The most important concern is that Bandhwari is located in environmentally sensitive Aravalis. So the proposed 'waste-to-energy' plant has to be developed somewhere else. Also, under this concept, waste is burnt to produce electricity, which will lead to air pollution. The Chinese model has not been successful anywhere," said Kamboj, who filed a case in the NGT alleging that leachate coming out of the defunct plant is polluting groundwater in the area.

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  • News Section: Bio Energy News
  • Month: June
  • Year: 2017
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