The Pink Line of Delhi Metro, run by the world's first rail organisation to claim carbon credits, Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC), has become India's first metro project to be powered through a waste-to-energy plant, with DMRC stating that the megaproject had started receiving 2-megawatt of power from a 12 MW waste-to-energy plant in Ghazipur, run by East Delhi Waste Processing Company Limited (EDWP), which the Delhi Metro operator said contributed to the newly re-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan, dedicated to civic cleanliness and waste management.
DMRC has been receiving power since the beginning of June 2019 from the facility, which is being utilised at the Vinod Nagar Receiving Substation to meet the operational requirements of the Pink Line of Delhi Metro.
The waste-to-energy plant was set up under the public-private partnership (PPP) model between the Government of India and EDWP, and can process 1,500 tonnes per day of waste, generating 12 MW of energy in return.
According to DMRC, the Ghazipur plant is India's first Euro standard-compliant waste-to-energy facility, and can eliminate eight million tons of greenhouse gases over its life cycle.
DMRC produces 28 MW of solar power from rooftop solar power plants that have been set up across its stations, depots, and residential premises.
The Indian rail agency has also started receiving solar power from its off-site solar power plant at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh.