Rally on Sunday for closure of harmful Okhla plant
OT, January 15, 2012 12:02 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Sukhdev Vihar
Deeply upset by the temporary functioning of the waste-to-energy plant a few kilometers from the residential areas, some residents of South Delhi’s posh Sukhdev Vihar have planned to take out a rally on Sunday that is January 15 at about 12 PM.
Activist Asha Arora informed OKHLA TIMES that the peaceful rally will start from DDA flat of Sukhdev Vihar and march towards the controversial plant via Mathura Road. The rally is being organized to protest against the functioning of the plant on trial basis that has been emitting toxic chemicals since January 3, she claimed.
This is not for the first time that residents would be taking out rallies. Since the project was cleared by the Delhi government a few years ago and the powerful Jindal Group started setting up the plant it has been at the centre of controversy with the residents crying foul.
But till now all their moves have failed to yield positive results. To get their voice heard they even had approached Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit urging her to look into the matter. However, the response from senior officials has been negative as they have always claimed that there is nothing to worry about as health concerns would be looked into.
But officials’ assurances have failed to calm down residents’ concern. They fear that the plant in a residential area is not good for health.
A Sukhdev Vihar resident Anant Trivedi, also a technology consultant, said residents living around the plant may suffer from chronic diseases if they continue to inhale the toxic being released from the plant.
Gopal Krishna, a member of Toxics Watch Alliance that has opposed the plants from day one, said the plant that is expected to generate 20.9 MW of electricity by burning 2050 M tonnes of municipal waste on regular basis is functioning without getting clearance from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
At the centre of attraction is the technology being use to burn waste.
Moreover, the issue has surfaced at a time when the CPCB is expected to submit its final report. Before giving green signal, the government has assured protesters that its two environment agencies, the Delhi environment department and Delhi Pollution Control Board (DPCC), will closely monitor operation at the most-talked about Okhla waste-to-energy plant to make sure that health hazard toxic elements are not released in the air.
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