Defunct Rajghat plant may now use waste

The Delhi government is exploring options to convert the non-operational Rajghat power house into a waste-to-energy plant. While the 130MW plant has not been operating for several months now largely due to environmental concerns, it is not officially closed yet and is waiting for the government to take a decision on its future.

The government is now looking for ways to utilise the heavy machinery of the plant, reallot the workforce to a new project and make the plant environment-friendly. “One of the options we are considering is converting the Rajghat thermal plant to a waste-to-energy plant. We have invited expressions of interest for the same and are also seeking more suggestions. Our only condition is it should be environment-friendly. The emission levels will be very strict. In fact, we would prefer Euro standards for emission levels, which are much more rigid than our DPCC standards,” said secretary (power) Sukesh Jain.

According to officials, the Rajghat power house, which is in the middle of the city, is at a convenient location to be converted into a waste-to-energy plant. “The location of the plant is such that garbage can be collected at a central location and used in the plant to produce electricity. IPGCL is working on a plan,” said an official.

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