In a bid to launch the first waste-to-energy plant in Uttar Pradesh, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NTPC Limited and Varanasi Municipal Corporation.
The project will see an investment of around Rs 300 crore, which will be invested by NTPC while Varanasi Municipal Corporation will provide land for the plant.
The estimated duration to complete the project is 30 months for completion of the plant. According to the experts from NTPC, the plant would use the waste in different ways and produce number of products like electricity, methane and civil constructional materials.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Commissioner Deepak Agarwal, Mayor Mridula Jaiswal, NTPC General Manager Amit Kumar Kulshrestha and Municipal Commissioner Ashutosh Kumar Dwivedi.
As per reports, Varanasi produces 600 metric tons of garbage every day and it is a challenge for the authorities to dispose the garbage. As according to environment needs, the disposal of the garbage should be eco-friendly, which adds to the challenge.
The Commissioner was quoted as saying that this plant, first of its kind in the state, would be a major step towards ensuring the cleanliness of the city and for protecting the environment.
There is a separate wing of NTPC which deals with waste to energy concept and the unit has installed such plant in cities like Surat and Delhi.