Delhi Metro Becomes First Ever Metro Project In India To Receive Power Generated From A Waste To Energy Plant
Delhi Metro has become the first ever Metro project in the country to receive power generated from a Waste to Energy plant. Continuing with its various environment friendly initiatives, DMRC has started receiving 2 MW 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.
DMRC is receiving the power since the beginning of this month 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 approx. 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 the country to procure and utilize energy from waste to energy plants and thus contribute towards “Swachh Bharat Mission” and also help in creating awareness about the importance of waste management.
The Waste to Energy (WtE) plant set up by EDWPCL is based on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Govt. of Delhi, EDMC and EDWPCL. The State of the Art facility is set up to process above 1500 tonnes per day (TPD) of waste and generate 12 MW of green power. The plant is India’s first Euro norms compliant WtE facility. The WtE plant will mitigate over 8 million tons of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) over the life of the project, thus combating global warming.
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.
In construction also, DMRC plants 10 trees for each tree that is cut. Close to 4 lakh 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 tons per day.