Waste-to-energy plant z Residents of colony filed PIL in HC claiming that the plant was too close and posed an environment threat
The Delhi government has filed a detailed counter to the PIL by Sukhdev Vihar residents who had claimed that the construction of a waste-to-energy plant in the locality will damage the environment.
With only 0.05% of the total area of the country, Delhi is home to 1.34% of India's population. This creates enormous pressure on natural and man-made resources, and generates situations in which non-health determinants may take precedence over the conventional determinants directly associated with health and health care.
Residents of several colonies in Okhla on Thursday marched to the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to protest against the construction of a toxic waste-to-energy incinerator by Jindal Ecopolis in the thickly-populated area in south Delhi.
The residents presented a memorandum to environment minister Jairam Ramesh demanding the project be scrapped.
In recent months, the BJP-dominated Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the Congress-led Delhi government have been outdoing each other in floating proposals and schemes for better governance. The MCD is in the throes of implementing a new Residents' Welfare Committee (RWC) scheme.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today assured the resident welfare associations of Okhla that there would be no health hazard due to the waste-to-energy plant being built in the area because only domestic waste would be used to generate power.