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Uttarakhand to set up six waste-to-energy plants

Urban local bodies asked to streamline waste collection

Officials have been asked to make a detailed plan regarding the setting up of six plants where electricity can be generated from solid waste in the state. These plants will be set up in Roorkee, Rudrapur, Kashipur, Haldwani, Rishikesh and Kotdwar.

Along with making the action plan, monitoring will be done in all the municipal bodies for proper waste segregation, making compost, and other activities for proper solid waste management. After the segregation of waste, urban local bodies can get income by selling material to the Agriculture Department and Horticulture Department for making compost. The money received by the 14th Finance  Commission  will be spent in Solid Waste Management until 100% door-to-door collection and source segmentation is done.

As per the records of the pollution control board, around 300 megawatts of electricity can be generated from the waste generated in the state. According to the latest State of Environment Report released by Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board, it is estimated that about 900 metric tonnes/ day solid waste is being generated from the urban local bodies in Uttarakhand.

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