Caught in dust storm

The scene in Delhi on Sunday as the Capital was caught in an outburst of dust storm. - Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma


MCD earns carbon credits worth Rs 5L

NEW DELHI: Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has earned carbon credits worth Rs 5 lakh against net carbon emission reduction (CER) achieved by making Okhla compost plan functional. This makes MCD the first civic agency in the country that has earned carbon credits.

An MCD official said, ‘‘The CERs achieved from the Okhla composting plant — as part of the clean development mechanism (CDM) project — would be the first for any municipal solid waste management project in the country and also the first for any municipal solid waste composting project in the world.

The plant has been revived in public private partnership (PPP) between MCD and IL&FS wherein an agreement was signed to rehabilitate and upgrade the Okhla compost plant in May 2007 with carbon finance support. A total of 200 MT of waste would be processed in Okhla.’’

According to civic agency, 5127 CERs have been reported by IL&FS in its monitoring report and as per the concession agreement with MCD, 25% of the net CER earning (for the first 5 years) has to be shared with MCD.

Said an MCD official, ‘‘Waste processing projects avoid methane emissions caused due to anaerobic decomposition of municipal solid waste at a landfill site. Moreover, methane is a green house gas with high global warming potential and the Okhla composting plant is therefore eligible as a CDM project activity.’’

This annual process of monitoring and verification would continue for every year of plant operation wherein the annual performance would be monitored and credits would be issued in accordance with the performance of the plant in that year. ‘‘We hope to earn more carbon credits in years to come,’’ said the official.


Delhi: Bottle menace? Well, don’t ask pollution panel

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has revealed that it has no information on the number of mineral water bottles being disposed of in the city every day. In an RTI reply, the DPCC also said it has no clue about Bisphenol A, a potentially hazardous chemical used to coat plastic water bottles.

Incidentally, plastic bags were banned by the Delhi High Court, which called them a hazard due to the damage they cause to the environment by blocking sewers and creating a solid waste problem. A committee set up by the court also recommended the regulation or banning of pouches of gutkha and tobacco.

However, under the same logic, the issue of disposal of plastic bottles—the sheer numbers of which are almost at par with plastic bags—has been overlooked. The DPCC’s RTI says it is unaware of how the plastic from water bottles is being disposed off. More seriously, it professes ignorance on the presence of Bisphenol A in these bottles.

From Indian Express

India: SC not inclined to relax ban on plastic bags

New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) The Supreme Court today virtually ruled out the possibility of relaxing the ban imposed on use of plastic bags by the Delhi Government by stressing on the “havoc played” by them.

“Look at the hazards. plastic bags have been playing havoc in the country,” a bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices V S Sirpurkar and Deepak Verma said.

The bench said the ban on plastic bags would help in returning to good old days when people used to go the market with environment friendly bags made of cloth, jute and paper.

“If the ban is allowed to stand, same old habit will return. People will go with a bag in their hand. I go to market with a bag in my hand. What is the harm?” Justice Verma asked.

From PTI

Commercial activity around Corbett threatens wildlife

A view of the Corbett National Park. Unhindered commercial activity around Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is posing a serious threat to this eco-fragile zone and obstructing movement of animals. File Photo; The Hindu