Delhi Metro begins receiving power generated by a Waste to Energy plant
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has become the first metro system in India to receive power which is generated from a Waste to Energy plant.
Continuing with its various environment friendly initiatives, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started receiving two MW of power from a 12 MW capacity Waste to Energy (WtE) plant of M/s East Delhi Waste Processing Company Limited (EDWPCL) set up in Ghazipur. The plant is India’s first WtE facility that complies with European regulations.
DMRC has been receiving the power since the beginning of June 2019 from this facility which is being utilised at the Vinod Nagar Receiving Sub-station (RSS) of DMRC for meeting the operation requirements of Pink Line of Delhi Metro. DMRC will take approximately 17.5 MUs per annum from this plant, however, the energy offtake will depend upon the actual generation of the plant.
This will be the first ever attempt by any Metro project in India to procure and utilise energy from WtE plants and thus contribute towards “Swachh Bharat Mission” and also help in creating awareness about the importance of waste management.
The WtE plant set up by EDWPCL is based on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Government of Delhi, EDMC and EDWPCL. The state-of-the-art facility is set up to process above 1500 tonnes per day of waste and generate 12 MW of green power. The WtE plant will mitigate over eight million tonnes of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) over the life of the project, thus aiming to minimise the effect it has upon global warming and climate change.
The Delhi Metro has been working continuously towards the conservation of environment right since the inception of the organisation. It is the first ever rail based organisation in the world to claim carbon credits. Currently, DMRC is producing 28 MW of solar power from the various roof top solar power plants, which have been set up in its stations, depots and residential premises. DMRC has also started to receive solar power from the off-site solar power plant at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh.
Any construction projects which DMRC undertakes see the organisation plant 10 trees for each tree that gets cut down. Close to 400,000 vehicles are being removed from the streets because of the Delhi Metro.
DMRC has also commissioned a facility at Rohini on PPP model with IEISL for recycling of Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste with a capacity of 150 tonnes per day.