Jun 182011

Okhla residents are angry and frustrated over Delhi Goverment’s plan to make waste-to-energy plant at Okhla. Now, they got inspired with Anna Ji’s movement and decided to go on hunger strike.

A resident of Batla House went on a 48-hour fast on Friday morning. Another resident of New Friends Colony, Chandra Rajan, has said that if Zain-ul-Abideen’s protest at Okhla does not elicit a positive response from the agencies, she will embark on an indefinite fast from the coming week.

With the three weeks that environment minister Jairam Ramesh had given to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to review the project coming to an end, CPCB officials said a meeting had been called on April 26 to discuss the matter in detail. “We are evaluating what technical inputs we can give to the project that will make it environmentally sustainable. A report on the issue
will be submitted to the ministry shortly,” said a senior official.

Residents are also planning to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court next week, saying the project is in contempt of its orders of only allowing five pilot projects on waste incineration. “In 2007, SC had lifted its complete ban on incineration projects to permit pilot projects. However, this plant is definitely not a pilot project and is in clear violation of the court order,” said a resident of Sukhdev Vihar.


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