A power plant costing Rs 502 crore will be constructed in the village of Bandhwari in Gurugram district to generate electricity from waste under the Integrated Solid Waste Management Scheme. To be set up by August 2019, this plant would generate 25 MW of electricity.

Laying the foundation stone of the plant in Bandhwari village on April 13, the Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar said it would be installed by fulfilling the conditions laid down by the National Green Tribunal. Many residents of Bandhwari village had met him asking for such plant. In order to study the working of the plant, Municipal Corporation Councillor, Mahesh Dayma along with two educated youths of the village, would visit China. Final decision on the plant would be taken only after their return from China.

The Chief Minister said a Lichen Treatment Plant was being constructed here to stop the underground water from getting contaminated. This plant would be functional by the end of this month. Faridabad and Gurugram are industrial cities. Faridabad has been selected by the Central Government under the Smart City Project and the state government would develop Gurugram as a Super Smart City.

On October 2, 2014, the Prime Minister, Narender Modi, had launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan after which Swachh Bharat Swachh Haryana campaign was launched in Haryana. Under this campaign, all villages and cities have been made Open Defecation free (ODF). Now, we are moving from ODF to ODF plus, he added. Among the announcements made by the Chief Minister for Bandhwari village included waving off house tax in villages included in the Municipal Corporation for the next five years, half of the expenses on their domestic power supply to be borne by the MC, and a four-km road to be constructed from Sector-58 till village Baliyavas.

Manohar Lal said he had waved off house tax in those villages which had been included in the MC area for one year but for the people of village Bandhwari, this wavier would be for five years. Villages which have been included in MC area would be developed. The chief minister later flagged off a mobile dispensary van.

The Urban Local Bodies Minister, Kavita Jain, said this plant in Bandhwari would be one of its kind in the country. Segregation of garbage is necessary at the place of the source. She urged the people to adopt cleanliness as a way of in life. She said the state had been divided into 15 clusters. Plants would be installed in Gurugram and Sonipat clusters to generate electricity from waste. Garbage has become a global problem and its management has become very important, she added.

The Public Works Minister, Rao Narbir Singh, said during the tenure of the previous government, the waste management plant near Bandhwari got gutted. For three years there was problem of waste management but nobody took note of it. The present government has initiated steps to construct plant for waste management which would also generate electricity.

The Industries and Commerce Minister, Vipul Goel, said as many as 2,200 power plants had been established throughout the world for generating electricity from waste, of which eight are in India and Haryana’ s first such plant would be set up in this village which would be the biggest in the country.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ecogreen Energy, Ankit Aggarwal, made a presentation on the process right from waste collection, management to processing in Faridabad and Gurugram cities. The Lichen Treatment Plant has been tested and would be made functional by the end of this month, he added

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