New Delhi: Delhi Metro has now 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 and it is being utilised at Vinod Nagar Receiving Sub-station (RSS) of DMRC 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 the country to procure and utilise 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, an official statement said.
The Waste to Energy (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 capable of processing over 1,500 tonnes of waste per day and generating 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.
Delhi Metro 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 rooftop solar power plants which have been set up at 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.
While constructing metro infrastructure as well, DMRC plants 10 trees for each tree that is cut. Close to 4 lakh vehicles have been 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.