The Delhi government is considering a proposal to give the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) land for a new waste-to-energy (WTE) plant at Tikri Khampur in north-west Delhi, according to sources.
As Delhi’s municipal corporations grapple with mounting garbage at their existing landfill sites, the Development Department of the State government is considering to hand over the North Corporation a portion of the land it has to set up a vegetable mandi at Tikri Khampur.
Along with the mandi that is being set up, a waste-to-energy plant could be built at the site, a government official said on Thursday.
Sources said that Development Minister Gopal Rai has called an emergency meeting on Friday to deliberate on the proposal.
Apart from the solid waste collected from north Delhi, the waste generated at the mandi would also have to be treated at the plant if it is approved.
In addition, government officials said the North Corporation would also have to process the green waste of the mandi, perhaps through a separate composting facility apart from the plant.
While the three landfills of Delhi have been stretched beyond their capacity for years, the problem came to a head on September 1, when a portion of the Ghazipur landfill in east Delhi collapsed, leading to the death of two passers-by.
Though Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal has ordered the expansion of the capacity of the existing three waste-to-energy plants, a portion of Delhi’s over 9,000 metric tonnes of daily garbage production would still remain unprocessed.