Patronising dirty technology

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Delhi municipality constructs yet another waste-to-energy plant at Ghazipur. Waste-to-energy projects figured in the election manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party during the recent civic polls in Delhi. BJP hoardings across the city declared that “the citizens will not be charged to generate power”. It seems the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is obsessed with the idea of generating energy from garbage. Despite ample evidence that the technology is a failure and people’s oppositions to the projects, three waste-to-energy projects are under way in the capital city. The Okhla plant has been functioning on a trial basis since January, despite a public interest petition against it in the Delhi High Court, which is being heard since 2009. Construction work on another plant in thickly populated Ghazipur is in full swing. MCD plans to begin work on the third one in Narela-Bawana shortly.

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