India is already generating about 66 mw of electricity from municipal solid waste (MSW) everyday and hopes to take this figure to 676 mw soon.
The country has five operating waste-to-energy projects in Solapur, Jabalpur and New Delhi which together process 4,516 tonne of MSW a day. The plant set up by Jindal Urban Infrastructure at Okhla alone converts 1818 tonne of MSW into energy everyday.
Meanwhile, the country is in the process of setting up 48 more energy-to-waste projects under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) that would generate 412 mw of electricity once completed.
While the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is offering financial assistance for setting waste-to-energy projects based on urban, industrial and agriculture wastes and residues, the urban development ministry is funding up to 35 per cent of such projects under the SBM.
The urban development ministry has already released funding of nearly Rs 1,500 crore during 2014-17 and it has earmarked Rs 633 crore for the current fiscal.