South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has said it will complete its second waste-to-energy plant and Delhi’s first ‘engineered landfill site’ at Tehkhand by September 2022 and March 2023, respectively.
The department of environment management services has chalked out a year-long plan for establishing facilities one by one to manage waste and stop dumping at landfills. SDMC collects 3,600 tonnes of waste every day of which 1,600 go to the first WTE plant at Okhla, a portion at the composting plant, and the remaining at the landfill.
"We presently have one WTE plant at Okhla which has a per day capacity of 1,600 tonnes. This plant generates 21-megawatt power. To stop dumping waste at landfills and utilise the remaining waste, one more WTE plant with a capacity of 2,000 TPD is under construction. It will generate 25 MW power and will be made operational in September 2022,” said an SDMC official.
Work on the engineering landfill site, which will accept the rejects/ inert of WTE plants, is also in progress. “We have dedicated a site of 27.3 acres for the purpose and it would be located next to the WTE plant at Tehkhand. We are likely to complete the project by March 2023,” the official added.
At the site, the corporation will add other facilities to avoid the last-minute hassle. It includes a leachate treatment plant of 100 KLD and a weighbridge of 50 MT capacity to avoid issues later.