Segregation of waste: Centre asks Delhi govt to clear dues to MCDs
The three MCDs reported that they collectively generate 11,000 tonnes per day of solid waste.
Rajendra S Markuna
The Centre at a meeting held to discuss the progress made in the remediation of the three legacy dumpsites in Okhla, Ghazipur and Bhalswa in city, on Monday asked the government of Delhi to disburse the Central share of funds released by MoHUA to all MCDs, after adding the requisite UT share to the funds.
The meeting was held by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) which has already approved dumpsite remediation projects worth Rs 4,152 crores to remediate 963 lakh metric tonnes of legacy dumpsites occupying nearly 5,700 acres in more than 600 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across 14 states/ UTs. The approved amount includes projects worth Rs 776 crores to remediate 253 lakh metric tonnes covering 186 acres across 3 MCDs of Delhi.
Of the approved amounts, Central assistance of Rs 529 crores has already been released to states/ UTs as first installments, including Rs 174 crores released to the government of Delhi.
The three MCDs reported that they collectively generate 11,000 tonnes per day of solid waste, of which approximately 5,900 tonnes per day are being scientifically processed at present, at 3 waste-to-energy plants situated at Narela Bawana, Okhla and Ghazipur sites. At the three dumpsites, a total of approximately 42 lakh metric tonnes have been remediated till date, but the balance untreated fresh waste that continues to be dumped at these sites offsets whatever remediation has happened till now.
During today’s meeting, it was emphasized that the key to attracting private sector participation in this sector was robust source segregation which would enable subsequent processing of waste.
All MCDs were urged to step up their efforts to segregate their waste at source. It was further decided that MCDs and DDA would jointly discuss and settle all land related issues in order to facilitate the remediation process. The DDA was also requested to explore opportunities to use less than 6 mm fractions of inerts as soil enricher in their horticulture and bio-diversity parks, to the extent feasible.
In terms of funding issues pertaining to remediation, it was decided that the government of Delhi would explore possibilities for considering the Green Cess Funds for transportation of excavated legacy waste, since dumpsite remediation would contribute to reduction of air pollution in Delhi.
The MCDs were requested to undertake detailed analysis for optimizing process costs for dumpsite remediation, with comprehensive projectisation, and strong project monitoring measures.
As an immediate follow-up, the government of Delhi was requested to disburse the Central share of funds released by MoHUA to all MCDs, after adding the requisite UT share to the funds.
The MCDs were further requested to prepare detailed proposals for managing the fresh waste being generated daily and send the proposals to MoHUA with due approval of the state government so as to ensure that no additional dumpsites are created.