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Okhla plant complying with norms, says panel

Published : Apr 15, 2017, 12:50 am IST
Updated : Apr 15, 2017, 12:50 am IST

NGT was informed that almost 90 per cent work at the plant has been completed and it will be fully operational by February 28.

National Green Tribunal
 National Green Tribunal

New Delhi: The Okhla waste-to-energy plant, which was cleared by the NGT earlier, is functional and complying with all the specified parameters, the National Green Tribunal was informed on Friday.

A joint inspection team comprising officials from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) told a bench headed by National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar that the incinerator plant was meeting all the prescribed norms.

“The joint inspection report in relation to waste to energy plant at Okhla has been filed. As per the report, the plant is functional and is complying with the specified parameters. In view of that, no further orders are called for. The points/deficiencies of non-functional part of plant should be made functional by the project proponent in all respect,” the bench said.

Earlier, the National Green Tribunal was informed that almost 90 per cent work at the plant has been completed and it will be fully operational by February 28.

The green panel had earlier directed CPCB and DPCC to inspect the plant and submit a report on it.

On February 2, the tribunal had allowed Okhla waste-to- energy plant to run after noting that it was non-polluting but imposed an environmental compensation ofRs 25 lakh for its deficient operation earlier.

The tribunal’s verdict had come on a petition filed by residents of Sukhdev Vihar alleging that the plant was releasing “toxic” emissions, which had affected their health.

The NGT held that the project proponent is liable to pay EC of Rs 25 lakh in terms of provisions of the NGT Act for the pollution resulting from deficient functioning/operation of plant and its stack emissions being in excess of prescribed parameters upto the period of December 18, 2014.

Tags: national green tribunal, delhi pollution control committee, okhla waste-to-energy plant
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