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, 2011
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Pollution Control Board Steps into Delhi Waste to Energy Row

Source: Waste Management World, Date: , 2011

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 official.

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.