Pollution Control Board Steps into Delhi Waste to Energy Row
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has told
Jindal Ecopolis, the company setting up a controversial waste to energy
facility in Timarpur-Okhla, Delhi that it will not be permitted to operate if
it fails to provide technical details on pollution control at the incineration
plant, according to a report in the Times of India
At a recent meeting the CBCP raised several questions which Jindal
representatives were reportedly unable to answer.
The company has now been asked to submit details within the next few days so
that they may be studied by experts who will eventually provide inputs on how
to make the plant environmentally sustainable.
The meeting was chaired by CPCB chairman Professor SP Gautam, CEO of Jindal
Ecopolis Allard Nooyi, experts from IIT Delhi, German consultant GTZ and
representatives of the affected residents, Ravi Agarwal of Toxics Link and
Anant Trivedi, a resident of Ishwar Nagar.
"We have asked Jindal Ecopolis to provide the committee with details on
the technical issues of the project. They had come prepared with a general
description of the plant whereas we were interested in the specific technical
points of each step of the process. A list of questions has been made available
to them and they are expected to respond to them shortly," said an
The committee will review environmental hazards, if any, posed by the waste to
energy plant. Environment minister Jairam Ramesh had asked CPCB to submit a report after
he received representations from residents.