Punjab government approves Mohali waste-to-energy plant project

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The government of Punjab on Monday decided to build a 7 megawatt (MW) waste-to-energy plant in the village of Simgauli, in the district of Mohali, according to an official statement. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has given the green light to the plan to build the plant on an area of ​​more than 50 acres according to the Build Own Operate (BOO) model, he said.

The project will be completed in the next two years and the energy recovery plant would produce electricity from 600 tonnes per day (TPD) of waste collected in Mohali and Patiala, according to the statement.

Singh chaired a meeting here and also approved a memorandum of understanding between the National Thermal Power Corporation (

) and Municipal Corporation Mohali, the nodal agency for the execution of the project, he said.

The chief minister said the project will contribute to the implementation of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) as well as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

He said municipal solid waste (MSW) had always posed a major challenge for local urban bodies, but with this project, it could now be used efficiently as a source of renewable energy.

He stressed that MSW had not been systematically exploited on a significant scale and hoped that the project would pave the way for more such initiatives.

During the meeting, the Managing Director of Waste to Energy, NTPC, Amit Kulshreshtha, informed the Chief Minister that the new state-of-the-art plant, which meets the latest environmental standards, will be installed as a pilot project in the state.

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