Delhi Chief Minister visits IARI to take a call on bio-decomposer as a remedial solution to control Delhi Air Pollution

24.09.2020, New Delhi: Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal visited the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) today, to see the process of the bio-decomposer technique of converting crop stubble into compost, which is deemed as a cost-effective way to deal with the issue of air pollution caused due to crop stubble burning. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that this technique involves the spraying of Pusa decomposer capsules along with a liquid formulation using readily available elements, that will help decompose the stubble into compost, decrease the use of fertilizers and increase the productivity of the farm soil. He also said that he will meet the Union Environment Minister in a day or two to discuss the efficient and effective implementation of this simple, doable, and practical technique to stop stubble burning.

Briefing the media after his visit, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "Delhi and many other North Indian states are covered with smoke due to stubble burning in the neighboring states by the farmers. We visited the Pusa Agricultural Institute today and spoke to its director. They have developed a new and innovative technique, under which they give four capsules, with the help of which the farmers can prepare a 25-liter of a liquid mixture with jaggery and chickpea flour, which is sufficient to cover 1 hectare of land. When the farmer sprays the 25 liters of the liquid mix on the stubble, the stubble softens and melts down in 20 days. The farmer can then begin his sowing again and he does not need to burn the crop stubble. The soil loses its richness due to stubble burning, and it also destroys the useful bacteria and fungi in the soil, apart from causing harm to the environment. This improves the fertility and productivity of the soil as the stubble works as manure and compost for the crops and lesser fertilizer consumption will be required in the future. The cost of the capsule is very less, we will be getting a proposal mentioning all the important details such as cost per acre soon. This is the result of many years of hard work and efforts of the scientists, and they have got the validation after a year after all their pilot testing and projection. They have also given their technique a license for commercial exploitation. I will meet the Union Environment Minister in a day or two to discuss this and I will request him to speak to the neighboring states to take all measures to effectively implement it despite the crunch of time. We will surely implement this technique in a very efficient and effective manner in Delhi."

On a question of why there is no action on stubble burning throughout the year, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "I agree that no major efforts have been made the whole year on stubble burning. I do not want to blame anyone but the central government is also trying its best. The union has held meetings, initiated new schemes and implemented custom hiring sectors, and given subsidies on new machinery. The scientists gave a presentation to me yesterday, and this is a very simple, doable, and practical approach. If we look at the net cost-benefit analysis, a farmer will get twice the profit of what he will spend. This is a new invention and Pusa Institute is one of the most reputed institutes in the country. We must implement this as soon as possible."

Taking to social media, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Farmers are also worried about the pollution that is caused due to stubble burning every year. A technique has been developed by the scientists of IARI - Bio Decomposer. I visited to observe the technique today. Scientists believe that because of this, farmers will not have to burn stubble, the stubble will turn into manure and the farmers' yield will also increase."

The technology, called Pusa Decomposer, involves making a liquid formulation using Pusa decomposer capsules and readily available inputs, fermenting it over 8-10 days, and then spraying the mixture on fields with crop stubble to ensure speedy bio-decomposition of the stubble.

Delhi government keen to develop a sustainable & effective solution to stubble burning issue that causes major air pollution in Delhi, especially during winters: Gopal Rai

16.09.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai on Wednesday visited the Pusa Agricultural Institute and said that the Delhi government is committed to develop a sustainable and effective solution to the issue of stubble burning which causes major pollution in Delhi, especially during the winter season. He said the process of decomposing stubble and using it in the farming fields will be a great initiative and will also save the people of Delhi from the health hazards caused by stubble burning in the neighboring states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana. He also said that the Delhi government will speak to the Centre and states to implement this initiative and the cost of spraying of this compost in Delhi will be borne by the Delhi government, which will ease the burden on the farmers.

Briefing the media following his visit, Shri Gopal Rai said, "The pollution in Delhi takes a very dangerous form during the winter season. Last year, the stubble burning comprised 44% of Delhi's pollution apart from Delhi's own share of pollutants. In Punjab, around 20 million tonnes of stubble is produced, and last year around 9 million tonnes of stubble was burned in Punjab. In Haryana, around 7 million tonnes of stubble is produced, out of which 1.23 million tonnes of stubble was burned last year, due to which people of Delhi had to suffer from major pollution last year."

Shri Gopal Rai said that the central government has devised a scheme in which aid is provided to the farmers for stubble. The farmers have to pay half of the money and the rest of the half will be paid by the government for a machine that is required for the process. He said, "I met the director of Pusa Agricultural Institute, who said that they have developed a recomposing technology which can turn stubble into manure, which can be used in the fields itself. Today, I am here to see the demonstration of the process. We have also invited some farmers to witness the process. The cost of the spraying of the manure in the fields will be borne by the Delhi government so that there is no financial burden on the farmers and an effective solution to the problem of stubble burning can be developed. We will also get in touch with the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab based on the results of the process so that this model can be implemented in those states as well to ease the financial burden on the farmers, and the issue of polluted air in Delhi and those states can be resolved. We will speak to the governments of other states and will help the farmers of Delhi with the issue of stubble burning."

"I believe that the same amount of money that is spent on the purchase of machines and the subsidy provided for that can be used for the decomposing of the stubble in those states. This will be a very successful initiative by the governments. We will speak to both the central government as well as the states. The Environment Ministry of the Central Government has a very important role to play in this initiative. We will create a proper strategy after discussion with the Hon'ble CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal," he added.

Gurugram sets up flying squad teams to prevent burning of crop residue

07.09.2020, Gurugram: Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri said that Gurujal, water conservation and rainwater harvesting project has also offered employment workers under the MNREGA scheme, besides cleaning of water tanks of the Public Health Department in addition to other areas.

In compliance with the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri has set up flying squad teams for prevention and monitoring of burning of crop residue. These teams have been formed at the rural, division, subdivision and district levels, which will submit their reports daily from 15th September to the Deputy Commissioner Office.

Tree Plantation programme by HARCOFED

03.09.2020, Gurugram: Haryana State Cooperative Development Federation Limited (HARCOFED) Panchkula carried out plantation under the 'Loyalty to Community' program in the premises of Milk Freezing Center (Vita) Bilaspur, Gurugram.

Saplings of peepal, neem, jamun, belpatra, mulberry, lemon, gooseberry trees were planted under the plantation program. On this occasion, Assistant Cooperative Education Officer HARCOFED Rohtak called for more and more plantation. He said that increasing pollution levels in the environment is a matter of concern for all of us. In order to reduce the level of pollution, it is essential that all of us take responsibility towards the society and plant more and more trees so that the future generations can get a clean environment. Citing the reference of 7th guiding principle of cooperative, loyalty to the community, he emphasized that HARCOFED motivates the officers, staff and members associated with the cooperative to conserve the environment. On this eve, an oath to plant saplings was also administered to all the officers and employees including the cooperative fraternity.

Haryana to have 10,000 MW De-centralized groundmounted grids under KUSUM Scheme, to be connected to solar plants

26.08.2020, Gurugram: Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) Chairman Deepender Singh Dhesi today said that under KUSUM scheme, 10,000 MW de-centralized ground mounted grids are being set up in Haryana, which will be connected to various solar plants. He said that there is a plan to replace thermal with solar by 2025. Except for India and China at the international level, thermal is being eradicated in the rest of the world. He said that the headquarters of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) is located in village Gwal Pahari in Gurugram, which was formed by 121 countries together. The ISA, formed as an international organization, aims to reduce the dependence of energy on fossil fuels by optimally exploiting solar energy in the countries.

The Chaurnman, HERC was reviewing progress under the Kisan Energy Security and Upliftment Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Scheme at PWD Rest House Rewari today. During the review, he directed the officials to complete the survey of cases pending under the Kusum scheme as soon as possible, so that the farmers can get benefit of the scheme. He said that a target of 1275 solar pumps has been fixed for Rewari district and to meet this goal, the survey work need to be expedited. He said that Kusum scheme would be instrumental in bringing prosperity in the lives of farmers. This scheme is being implemented with the objective of saving electricity in agricultural operations besides reducing the electricity expenditure of farmers and for promoting solar energy. Mr Dhesi said that this scheme is especially for the farmers, which is also being seen as a significant step towards increasing their income.

D S Dhesi enquired in detail about the progress under ‘Mhara Gaon- Jagmag Gaon’ scheme. He also reviewed the progress of feeders supplying electricity to rural households (RDS) and the sub stations. He sought information about the electricity supplied to RDS, method of generating electricity bills, methods used for taking meter reading etc. It was informed in the meeting that the solar pumping systems were being provided to farmers at a subsidy of 75 percent and he need to pay only 25 percent of the total cost. Scheme is being implemented to subsidize 50 thousand farmers of the state by subsidizing solar pumping systems of 3 HP to 10 HP capacity. The eligible farmers who have either installed micro irrigation systems and laid underground pipes or have agreed to do so, can install solar pumps for irrigation.

On this occasion, Deputy Commissioner Rewari Yashendra Singh informed that 182 solar water pumping systems were installed in Rewari district in the year 2018-19. A target has been set up to install 1275 solar water pumping systems in the year 2021 and so far this year 48 solar water pumping systems have been installed in the district. The remaining task of survey will be completed soon. In the meeting, CGRF chairman Sanjeev Chopra apprised that so far 54 complaints have been received in Rewari district, of which all but one have been redressed. He said that most of the complaints were about electricity bills.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Yashendra Singh, SDM Ravindra Yadav, Chairman of Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum (CGRF) Sanjeev Chopra, Superintendent Engineer Pradeep Chauhan, Executive Engineer Neeraj Dalal, Satbir Yadav, Vijaypal, DHO Satbir Sharma, New and Renewable Energy Department Project Officer Banwari Lal, Assistant Project Officer Ravindra were also present.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot discussed charging infrastructure issues with Minister of State (I/C) for Power, and New & Renewable Energy, R K Singh

20.08.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot met with Minister of State (I/C) , Power, and New & Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh, today via Video Conferencing to discuss installation of Charging infrastructure in Delhi NCR as part of the recently launched Electric Vehicle policy. The meeting was attended by officials from DHI, MoPNG, CEA, BEE, NTPC, EESL, Transport department officials, and various DISCOMS. Various provisions for effective implementation and any bottlenecks that may arise due to limited availability of charging infrastructure within Delhi were discussed in the meeting.

The Delhi EV Policy, which was launched on 7th August, 2020 by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, aims at having 5 lakh (25% of all new vehicle registrations) electric vehicles in Delhi by 2024. Along with providing category based incentives, it also aims to develop an effective network of charging stations and infrastructure throughout the city.

The strategy that will be adopted to cater to the sudden jump in sales of Electric vehicles due to subsidies that the policy offers, is something that has been widely discussed by the public and experts in the field. The first leg of the policy targets installation of 200 charging stations within the city within the next year, such that there is a charging station every 3 km. There are also provisions to encourage more private players to venture into being partners in the initiative through setting up private charging stations/ battery charging points, but ensure that there is enough competition so that the technology is affordable to the common man.

After the meeting, Mr. Gahlot was quoted saying “We had a very fruitful discussion today. The Delhi EV Policy is being discussed worldwide now, it is the result of more than 2 years of hard work by our Government in consultation with experts in the field. I express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Mr. R.K.Singh for expressing his appreciation and extending his support to the Delhi Government for moving forward with the policy. Mr. Singh has also assured to consider subsidies to 1000 Electric buses in the city. The Centre’s support will act as a huge catalyst to the policy, and motivate more people and organizations to switch to EV.”

Biodiversity Park sprawling over 100 acres of land to be developed in Aravalli in Kasan village, Gurugram

17.08.2020, Gurugram: A Bio Diversity Park will be developed in the Aravalli mountain range on about 100 acres of panchayati land in the district village of Kasan. For this, the gram panchayat has passed a resolution in the gram sabha. The Forest, Education and Tourism Minister Kanwar Pal visited the project and also visited the proposed park area. He also planted saplings in the proposed park area along with officials and sarpanches of Kasan and surrounding villages.

To develop a Biodiversity Park in village Kasan, Forest Minister Kanwarpal also visited the already developed Biodiversity Park in the municipal area near village Nathupur coming from Faridabad to Gurugram. Not only this, he also visited the Mangar Bani reserved forest area.

After planting saplings in the proposed Biodiversity Park area in village Kasan, in a program organized by the forest department in the temple complex located nearby, the forest minister churned with the sarpanches of selected villages to increase greenery and invited suggestions from sarpanches. He appreciated the initiative taken by the village Kasan and said that now it is to see which more villages in the district come forward to develop gardens on their panchayati land. He also said that the Haryana government has approved development of gardens on panchayati land. This will not only increase the greenery in the area and improve the environment, the ground water level will also rise but the income of the panchayat will also increase. Then the Gram Panchayat will not have to look towards the government to get the development work done in the village. He informed that gardens are being planted on about 1000 acres of land in districts of North Haryana like Karnal, Yamunanagar, Panchkula etc.

He said that during the last few times, people have assumed that the work of planting saplings is only with the forest department, on the contrary, the work was for the whole society. The Forest Minister said that all of us should take responsibility for planting saplings, growing them and taking care of them, the Forest Department will cooperate. The department can develop nurseries to provide plants, give information about plant care but it is the responsibility of all of us to plant and grow it. Mr. Kanwar Pal said that you should be friends with the tree, you will benefit. He also said that the makeup of the earth is from trees. If someone has called Kashmir a heaven, he has also said that by looking at the trees and the greenery there.

Talking to media representatives after the event, Forest Minister Kanwarpal said that Haryana has a 3 percent reserve forest, which has been targeted to be increased to 20%. For this, 125 million saplings will be planted in the state this year, which will be tried very hard to keep them alive. 1100 villages of the state have been selected for this plantation.

According to Gurugram Divisional Forest Officer Jayakumar, herbal plants containing herbs along with other plants will also be planted in the proposed Biodiversity Park in village Kasan. The reservoir in the park area will be constructed by Guru Jal's team.

Earlier, while giving his views in the program, Pataudi MLA Satyaprakash Jaravata said that when he was elected MLA, he had come to him with a project to build a village biodiversity park of village Kasan and he also made a written request to the forest minister about it The Minister has done excellent work for generations to come by giving approval.

Colonel Anil Yadav, who came from NSG Manesar at the program, told that the NSG has taken the initiative to plant around two lakh trees in the village of Naurangpur and surrounding area. He also assured full cooperation of NSG in plantation work. Welcoming the Forest Minister, Chief Conservator of Forests Vasavi Tyagi, who was present at the program, said that in the last few days, the NSG has promoted greenery by planting 53000 saplings inside and outside its campus. He also asked all the sarpanches to cooperate in plantation and try to make the environment of this region friendly to all animals. He also said that people have understood the importance of herbs in the time of Corona epidemic, so plant herbal plants and protect their lives.

On arriving at the program, the sarpanches of the villages Kasan, Alire, Dhana and Bas Kusala collectively wore a turban to honor the Forest Minister. Forest and Education Minister Kanwarpal also awarded the Certificate of Merit to the talented girl students of village Kasan.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr. Amarinder Kaur, Chief Conservator of Forests Vasavi Tyagi, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Mahendra Singh Malik, Divisional Forest Officer Jai Kumar Narwal, SDM Jitendra Kumar of Gurugram, District Education Officer Indu Bokan, MLA of Pataudi Satyaprakash Jaravata, NSG commando Colonel Anil Yadav, Sarpanch Satyan Dev Sharma of Kasan village and many other dignitaries were present.

DJB Vice Chairman Raghav Chadha pushes construction of 12.4 ML UGR/BPS at Mayapuri

11.08.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Jal Board Vice Chairman Raghav Chadha visited the project site on 11th August 2020 early morning to take stock of the construction of Underground Reservoir (UGR) and Booster Pumping Stations (BPS) in Mayapuri, West Delhi which was expected to complete in 18 months, but is delayed by over 14 months and counting. The Under Ground Reservoir at Mayapuri was inaugurated in 2018 to keep pace with the growing water demands of the area and ensure proper equitable and supply to all.

Chadha expressed disappointment over the non-completion of the project. Reprimanding the contractor for delaying the project by over 14 months, he said, such unprofessional conduct and laxity will not be tolerated.

To rationalize the water distribution system of Delhi a study was conducted, according to this study a proposal for constructing this UGR was formulated. Proposed UGR of 12.4 ML capacity UGR/BPS was proposed to be constructed at Mayapuri. This UGR will be fed by South Delhi Main of 1500 mm dia emanating from Haiderpur Water Treatment Plant upto Janakpuri District Centre. Also another 700mm dia water line will be laid from the water main that goes up to Kirti Nagar UGR to feed this UGR.

On commissioning of this Mayapuri UGR/BPS a population of 1.50 lakh will be benefited with equitable water distribution with increased pressure. At present these areas are getting water from Subhash Nagar UGR, online booster Tilaknagar and from Naraina Main.

Delhi Govt. launched EV Policy to reduce pollution & boost economy, jobs

08.08.2020, New Delhi: The Delhi government on 8th August 2020 launched the ambitious Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy that aims to boost Delhi's economy, while reducing pollution levels in the city, and generate employment in the transportation sector. While announcing the launch of the policy, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that this EV Policy will make Delhi a world leader in the field of EVs and this is one of the most progressive EV policies in the world.

Addressing a digital conference on 8th August 2020, Kejriwal said, "After working hard in the last 2-3 years and holding discussions with consumers and experts, we have prepared the electric vehicle policy in Delhi. The policy has been notified in this morning. China is being considered in the first position when discussions on electric vehicles are held across the world. It is believed that China has a really good system in place when it comes to electric vehicles. I am sure that when discussions on electric vehicles will be held across the world after five years, Delhi will be leading the way in this field. I am happy to say that this policy is not only the most progressive of its kind in the country but, it is also considered as one of the most progressive policies of all the electric policies across the world."

It is envisaged that EV policy would help to reduce pollution. In his address, the Chief Minister emphasized on a Delhi with clean air, where we can breathe clean and there is no pollution, which is sustainable. The EV policy is for 3 years, after which it will be reviewed, and reframed as per requirement. With this policy Delhi Government aims at electric vehicles contributing 25% of the newly registered vehicles across Delhi by the year 2024, which is currently 0.2%.

Under the EV Policy, the Delhi government is providing a subsidy up to Rs 30,000 on the purchase of two-wheelers, auto-rickshaws, e-rickshaws, freight vehicles each, and Rs 1.5 lakh incentives on cars. There is a scheme named as FAME India Phase 2 scheme of the Central government, where major incentives and subsidies are available. The incentives announced by the Delhi government are in addition to the incentives by the Central government, which also includes scrapping incentives.

To purchase an electric commercial vehicle, the government will also offer loans to the people on low-interest rates. The registration fees and he road tax on the newly-registered vehicles will be waived off. There are two types of electric vehicles, one which runs on fixed charging and the second in which there is a need for battery swapping. The incentives will be available on all kinds of electric vehicles.

A huge network of 200 charging stations, which the Chief Minister says at every 3 km, in the next one year shall be created in Delhi to support the growth of EVs. Besides, a State EV fund is also to be set-up that would encompass all the expenditure of the EV Policy. A State Electric Vehicle Board shall be constituted for effective implementation of the EV policy, and the chairman of the board will be the Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gehlot. A dedicated EV Cell will also be constituted.

CM Arvind Kejriwal expressed hope that at least 5 lakh electric vehicles in Delhi will be registered in the next five years, and EV Model of Delhi will also be widely recognized and discussed.

Delhi Govt.'s 17-day mega plantation drive ends with plantation of 8.5 lakh saplings

27.07.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Govt. Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Sunday, 26th July 2020 concluded the 17-day 'Vrikshaaropan Pakhwada' campaign under the 'Plant Saplings, Save Environment' plantation drive of the Delhi government. He said that under the campaign, the Delhi government has been able to complete the plantation of 8.5 lakh saplings at various locations in Delhi. He also thanked the officials of horticulture and forest departments for participating and making the drive a success even in the time of Corona.

The Minister said, "We started this drive by planting a banyan tree at the same place on 10th July. Following that, we planted trees at various locations in Delhi. The plantation drive was carried out under the leadership of CM, Cabinet Ministers and various constituency MLAs. Today marks the end of the plantation drive of the Delhi government. The plantation drive is being carried out today in all the 70 constituencies under the leadership of MLAs."

"I am happy to tell you that even in the time of the Corona pandemic, the officials of the horticulture and forest department, DDA, MCD, PWD, and various other agencies, have worked with such conviction to save the environment. In the last 15 days, 8.5 lakh saplings have been planted in Delhi, out of which 6 lakh saplings were planted by the departments themselves, and 2.5 lakh saplings were planted by the people. The drive witnessed a huge participation from the people," added Gopal Rai.

Shri Gopal Rai said, "I planted a banyan sapling on 10th July here itself. I want to congratulate the departments that the plantation drive has completed over 7.5 hectares of land. I am happy that this drive was not only about planting, but the department also took care of things such as which variety of plants should be planted in which soil, for better preservation of the trees and fertility of the land. Our target is to plant 31 lakh saplings this year, out of which 8.5 lakh have been planted during this drive. We have kept a target of 31 lakh saplings till 31st March 2021. If we have fulfilled the target of 8.5 lakh saplings in the time of Corona, I am sure that we will be able to achieve our target of 31 lakh saplings by March 31, 2020 in the coming days. Delhi has also witnessed a lowering graph in the impact of Corona, and with the help of the people of Delhi and the proactive efforts of the government. I am sure that we will be able to plant 31 lakh saplings by March 31, 2021 as an effort to fight against pollution in the city."

Third-party audit to assess the survival rate of the saplings and outcome of the plantation drive shall take place in due course. "The saplings that are planted this time will be audited via a third party agency. The preservation of the saplings has been a challenge, which is why the Delhi govt has decided that a third party audit of the saplings planted under the plantation drive of the govt will be conducted to assess the survival rate of the saplings," he added.

The best staff of each district will be honored with the title of 'Pariyavaran Mitra' at the end of the drive. Shri Gopal Rai said, "On the occasion of the conclusion of this plantation drive, I want to thank the officials of the horticulture and forest department from the bottom of my heart, for working with such conviction even in the time of the Corona pandemic to save the lives of the people of Delhi."

"During our audit and analysis to be conducted at the final stage of this plantation drive, the best employees of each district will be honored with the title of 'Pariyavaran Mitra' on behalf of the Environment Ministry, Delhi. This is the end of the 17-day 'Vrikshaaropan Pakhwada' but the drive will continue till March 31 next year," he added.

Delhi Pollution Control Committee submits Public Hearing Report on Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF)

22.07.2020, New Delhi: Delhi Pollution Control Committee has submitted the proceedings of Public Hearing for Environmental Clearance for Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF) at Bawana. The Public Hearing was held on 14th July 2020 with precautions and social distancing measures required due to COVID-19. The proceedings were submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change through a letter dated 20th July 2020.

With an estimated stockpile of 59700 MT of hazardous wastes from CETPs and industries, Delhi has planned to operate TSDF covering an area of 14 acres of land, adjacent to waste to energy plant, and Pragati Power Plant at Bawana. The facility will be operated by M/s TamilNadu Waste Management Ltd. on BOT basis. The EIA Consultant, M/s Ramky Enviro Services Pvt. Ltd. made the presentation and elaborated technical aspects of the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the project, the waste collection, transportation, and scientific treatment of the hazardous wastes. It was also informed that NABL accredited testing laboratory shall be set up in the TSDF, which has a very important role. In the presentation it was stated that the project would be based on combination of technologies and systems having processes like autoclaving, shredding, bailing, recycling, reuse etc., which would minimize rejects reaching to landfill and incinerator for disposal. The facility shall be provided with online stack emission monitoring devices. However, it was not clearly stated about the polluting parameters to be measured.

As mentioned in the DPCC report, according to the EIA consultant one of the several benefits of the proposed TSDF is it minimizes pollution load on environment with an additional benefit of green and clean surroundings. The statement was not supported with any factual data or data of assumption. TSDF will reduce environmental liability due to captive storage of hazardous waste in the industry and CETP premises. But whether it could attract industrial investment in Delhi is a point to ponder upon.

To a question about how many incinerators will be installed and their capacity, the Consultant replied hazardous waste incinerator capacity scalable up to 1.5 Ton per hour and biomedical waste incinerator proposed with capacity scalable up to 1.5 Ton per hour. In another question it was stated that plastic will be decontaminated, shredded and made into granules and then sent to the authorized recyclers or used for fuel recovery. Replying to another question on how much damage will be caused to the environment by this plant, it was said that the plant is the waste management facility and it will treat the wastes with all air pollution control devices. There was no statement with reference to air pollution modeling done or to be done.

The questions raised by public included proposed CSR activities, as there will be many trees to be cut, which was not denied. Considering this the EIA Consultant’s claim of green and clean surroundings doesn’t really holds good without in-depth analysis.

There were several objections, which have been replied and incorporated in the Public Hearing report.

The facility is proposed to offer secured landfill for 65000 MT in the first year, and 20000 MTA from second year onwards till 25 years of operation. It could manage e-waste in the form of domestic hazardous waste of 2000 MT per year, besides 40 ton per day of biomedical waste, recovery from 1000 – 10000 KL/ year of used oil, recycling of spent oil up to 1000 KL per year, paper, and plastic up to 1000 ton per year.