BJP's promise of energy from waste heats up Delhi civic polls

Okhla residents accuse BJP and Congress of trying to poison people by promoting waste incineration to generate electricity. The plant is being put through trial runs. Even as candidates contesting municipal seats in the national capital make their rounds of residential colonies to seek votes, citizens and waste-pickers' associations are angered by the election manifesto of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). One of the promises it makes is electricity from waste by setting up incineration plants in various parts of the city. The manifesto promise is displayed prominently on billboards across the city. The party's election manifesto promises waste-to-energy plants at three locations –Okhla in south Delhi, Ghazipur in east Delhi and Narela-Bawana in northern fringe of the city. These plants have been approved and are in various stages of construction. The Jindal-owned waste to energy plant located in Sukhdev Vihar is, meanwhile, undergoing trial runs since January despite stiff opposition from area residents for over six years now.

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