New Delhi: To tackle wet and dry waste that pile up on roads leading to atmospheric pollution and causing various infectious diseases, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has set up its first bio-methanation plant at Mulatni Mohalla, Geeta Colony in East Delhi.
The plant, which was inaugurated by local Member of Parliament Gautam Gambhir, on Saturday, would convert 5,000 kg waste into 500 kilowatts electric power and compost on a daily basis.
The 250-kilowatt power will be used locally and the rest 250 kilowatts will be given to BSES, the power distributing agency in Delhi. The compost will be used in the plantation in the parks of East Delhi.
Under the initiative, 16 e-rikshaws have been given away by the Gambir. This e-rikshaw, consists of green and blue dustbins, will collect dry and wet waste and throw that waste at the plant.
"I congratulate the EDMC for this plant. This is the first such plant set up in East Delhi. I don't make false promises. I make promises that I can fulfil," asserted Gambhir.
According to the EDMC, this waste-to-energy plant in Geeta Colony would also reduce the waste burden on the landfill in Ghazipur, which is infamous due to its filth and enormous look.
Dr Anil Goyal, Head, Goyal Hospital and Urology Centre, Delhi, told CitySpidey: "The root cause of water and air pollution is waste. This waste consists of plastic and unused home food and non-bio-degradable plastic. If this waste is dumped, it produces methane gases and toxic fuels which is stinky. This produces bacteria and bees. They cause infections and lead to diseases."
"Secondly, this waste also pollutes the water. This is what is exactly happening in Ghazipur where the waste dumped at landfill mixed with water. This water is consumed by the locals and infected with different diseases. Consuming this contaminated water and inhaling toxic air leads to diseases such as cancer, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, fever, jaundice and respiratory infections," he explained.
He further said, "If this waste is disposed and segregated, it helps in generating power and compost. To tackle this, there was the need for a new idea which was implemented by the EDMC and MP Gautam Gambhir."
He pointed out, "This waste is actually a gold lying in houses, which can generate power. This will do one thing, first, you will remove the waste by generating power through this plant, and secondly, it will also save people from diseases."