The Union Minister of Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu, on the occasion of World Environment Day, launched a campaign on source segregation of municipal waste for the National Capital Region (NCR).
Speaking on the occasion, Naidu urged all citizens to participate in this campaign for its success and stating that bins with different colours, shall be used to segregate waste in every house and shop. Green bins shall be used for wet waste and Blue bins for dry waste, he added. The Minister pointed out that the incorrect disposal and burning of solid waste results in the emission of climate change causing Greenhouse gases like Methane and Carbon dioxide to the tune of 12.69 million tonnes of Carbon dioxide in the country per year.
Naidu said that a number of policy interventions have been introduced by the Government to encourage processing of municipal solid waste to compost and energy. He said that to promote conversion of ‘Waste to Energy’, purchase of electricity so generated has been made mandatory by DISCOMs and to promote ‘Waste to Compost,’ a subsidy of Rs 1,500 per tonne will be provided by the Government.
A Power Purchase Agreement was also exchanged between DMRC and IL&FS, in which the green power generated through waste by the IL&FS plant will be purchased by DMRC. This green partnership between DMRC and IL&FS will greatly help in building a Swachh & Swasth Delhi.
Naidu also flagged off segregated waste collection vehicles, auto tippers, covering a total of nine Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), which includes Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad, besides five ULBs of Delhi.