Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday inaugurated a construction and demolition (C&D) waste processing plant near Majlis Park in Burari in north Delhi. Kejriwal called it the largest such facility in the country and said the plant will help boost the capital’s construction and demolition waste processing capacity.
With the capacity to process 2,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste every day, this is the fourth facility run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in the city, where around 6,500 tonnes of construction and demolition waste are generated daily.
Kejriwal said Delhi will be able to process and recycle 100% of its daily construction and demolition waste in the next year and a half. “We see piles of debris lying along roads and empty plots across Delhi. These construction and demolition plants are necessary to convert this debris into roof tiles and other products. After commissioning this plant, we will be able to process 5,000 tonnes per day (TPD) of waste,” he said, adding that the C&D plant is based on European technology.
MCD officials said the new plant, spread over seven acres of land in Burari, can process 90-95% of the raw material supplied to it. Construction and demolition waste is processed, broken and separated into various components which are then used to develop roof tiles, concrete bricks and blocks, stone dust, interlocking pavers, curbs and other construction materials.
“We are also planning to set up a new waste processing plant with capacity of 1,000 TPD at Okhla, while the capacities of all existing plants will be increased so that Delhi can recycle all its construction waste,” he added.
Currently, MCD operates three construction and demolition waste plants at Rani Khera, Bakkarwala and Shastri Park, all with a capacity of 1,000 TPD each.
A senior MCD official overseeing the project said the new construction and demolition waste plant will serve the six zones of Rohini, Civil Lines, Karol Bagh, Sadar Paharganj-City, Keshavpuram and Narela. “Those who work in construction and seek to deposit their debris for processing can do so at this plant upon payment of processing fees,” the official said. The facility has been developed through a public-private partnership (PPP) with the MCD providing the land free of charge.
Mayor Shelly Oberoi said MCD is working to make Delhi C&D waste-free. “We have designated places across Delhi where people can deposit their construction waste. This will help us get rid of the piles of construction debris seen throughout the city,” she added.
According to officials, the construction and demolition waste plant was originally set up in Jahangirpuri in 2009 and was the country’s first construction waste recycling facility. The old units were dismantled last year and a new plant was installed in their place.
Meanwhile, the chief minister said that after the Aam Aadmi Party came to power in the MCD, several positive changes have taken place. “A year ago, the MCD was known for its corruption. The employees were on strike because they had not received their salaries for several months. I won’t say that everything has been rectified. It will take time. It will take some time to restore the damage done over 75 years, but now corruption is decreasing, employees are receiving timely salaries, and new plants are being installed. “All this is due to the coming to power of an honest government,” he stated.
On the other hand, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit president Virendra Sachdeva said AAP was taking credit for the construction of the C&D waste plant.
“The foundation stone of this project was laid during the BJP’s rule and the entire plan was finalized before March 2022. The AAP is only taking credit in its completion stage,” Sachdeva said.