New Delhi, Sept. 16 (PTI) Set a goal of stopping the dumping of waste at the Okhla landfill by June 2022, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation said on Thursday it was exploring the possibility of using inert materials, produced during the bioexploitation of waste inherited from the site, in road construction.
SDMC commissioner Gyanesh Bharti said the civic body has had many “fruitful meetings” with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) related to the use of inert materials in road construction.
“We have had meetings with officials from NHAI regarding the use of inert materials in road and highway construction. This time we are very positive and hope that they will use inert materials for road construction. They are studying how it can be used and also checking its durability, ”Bharti said during a media interaction.
Dinesh Yadav, director of the Department of Environmental Management Services (DEMS) at SDMC, said inert materials can be used for road development projects.
“If all goes according to plan, we will supply inert materials to NHAI which they will use in the construction projects of Urban Extension Road-2 (UER-2) and a highway near Kalindi Kunj (Kalindi bypass Kunj), ”Yadav said.
He said inert materials are generated in the process of bio-mining legacy waste at landfills. These inert materials also include construction and demolition waste.
This is not the first time that the use of old treated waste has been used for road construction.
Earlier, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation announced in March this year that it would use inert materials for the construction of an 800-meter section of a service road in Kalyanpuri, near the Delhi-Meerut highway.
The SDMC has also set a goal of stopping the dumping of waste at the Okhla landfill site by June 2022 and scientifically closing the landfill by the end of 2023.
He hired 13 companies to transport and use inert materials to speed up their disposal.
According to city officials, nearly 3,600 metric tons of garbage are generated every day in South Delhi, of which only 50% is processed by SDMC and the rest is dumped in the Okhla landfill.
Yadav said the civic body will start operating a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in June 2022. The plant is located in the Tahkhand region in south Delhi and will have a processing capacity of 2,000 metric tons of waste.
“Once this plant is operational, we will be able to stop the dumping of new waste at the landfill because we will be able to fully treat our waste.
“So, with the help of WTE and legacy waste bio-mining, we can shut down or shut down the Okhla landfill by the end of 2023,” Yadav said.
He also said that the civic body will also launch an engineering landfill in Tahkhand in the coming years. PTI AKM CK