North Delhi civic body to install 9 hybrid organic waste converters

Delhi: 30 Jan, 2021 (Times of India)

NEW DELHI: New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is planning to install hybrid organic waste converters at nine places. Each of them will have the capacity to consume one tonne of municipal segregated waste every day. The civic body has finalised the proposal and aimed at installing them before March 2022.

The sites where the waste converters will be installed include two nurseries at Talkatora Stadium, one nursery at INA flyover, Panchkuian Road, BK Dutt Colony, near Rabindra Bhawan and Madhulimay Marg.
Taking note of issues raised by residents about foul smell emanating out of its compost plant at Gole Market, NDMC has decided to set up a hybrid system, which will convert wet waste into compost in 3-4 days. In conventional plants, it takes 25-30 days to convert waste into compost.

“We have decided to introduce the new technology of drum composting so that foul smell won’t be released. At Gole market Sector-4, we have barricaded the site with fibre sheets, planted many saplings and installed exhaust fans to check the foul smell,” said an NDMC official.

Officials claim that, so far, the hybrid technology is adopted only by hotels in Delhi-NCR, and not by civic bodies. “The civil department has sent the proposal for financial and administrative approvals, after which the tender would be called soon. It will be an annuity-based project where the selected company will install machineries and run a plant for seven years, while NDMC will make payment after an interval of time,” said the official.

The civic body, which had received the cleanest capital city award in Swachh Survekshan 2020, claims to carry out 100% door-to-door collection and processing of waste.

“Currently, we are sending a few tonnes of segregated waste to landfill or waste-to-energy plant at Okhla to produce power. But we aim to end this exercise and make all arrangements to treat waste through our resources, such as developing material recovery centre, organic waste composters, etc,” said the official.