Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Current Affairs - 2019

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DMRC becomes India’s 1st project to receive Power from Waste-to-Energy

Delhi Metro has become first ever project in India to receive power generated from a waste-to-energy plant. The move is in continuation of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) efforts to establish an environment-friendly network

Key Highlights

Steps Taken: Since beginning of June 2019, DMRC has started receiving 2 MW power from a 12 MW capacity waste-to-energy plant set up in Ghazipur (Uttar Pradesh). The power being received is being utilised at Vinod Nagar Receiving Sub-station (RSS) for meeting operational requirements of Pink Line of Delhi Metro.

Waste-to-energy Plant:

  • It is a state of the art facility, set up by East Delhi Waste Processing Company Limited (EDWPCL). It is based on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model which involves government of Delhi, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and EDWPCL.
  • It can process over 1,500 tonnes per day (TPD) of waste and can generate 12 MW of green power. This plant is India’s first Euro norms compliant waste-to-energy facility.

Expectation:

  • DMRC is expected to use about 17.5 million units per annum from this plant but energy offtake will depend upon actual generation of plant.
  • The plant is estimated to mitigate more than 8 million tons of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) over the life of project thus combating global warming.

DMRC and Environment Initiatives

  • DMRC is a Centre-state Public Sector company that operates Delhi Metro, a rapid transit system serving Delhi, its satellite cities and National Capital Region (NCR) of India. Since its inception (May 1995), DMRC has been working continuously towards conservation of environment. Delhi Metro which began its operation in 24 December 2002 is first ever rail based organisation in world to claim carbon credits.
  • Recycling Facility: DMRC has commissioned a facility for recycling of Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste with a capacity of 150 tons per day at Rohini. It is based on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model with IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure & Services Ltd (IEISL).
  • Solar Power: DMRC produces 28 MW of solar power from various rooftop solar power plants, set up in its stations, depots as well as residential premises. It is also receiving solar power from off-site solar power plant at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh.
  • For construction work undertaken by DMRC, it plants 10 trees for each tree that is cut. About 4 lakh vehicles are being removed from streets because of mass transit operator, Delhi Metro.

National Common Mobility Card

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a National Common Mobility Card (NCMC), which can be used to make payments across public transport anywhere in the country, including Metro, bus and suburban railways, for toll and parking, and for retail like any credit or debit card.

National Common Mobility Card

  • The National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) was envisaged as part of the National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) in 2006 by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • Referred to as ”One Nation One Card”, this inter-operable transport card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money.
  • It runs as on RuPay card and automates the fare collection system. This eliminates the need to carry change and cash while travelling in the metro, bus or train, or for toll and parking.
  • The gate and reader prototype for the NCMC has been developed by government-owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in compliance with the Make in India initiative.
  • These cards would be issued by all public and private banks the same way credit, debit, and prepaid cards are issued.
  • NCMC provides a value proposition for customers as they need not carry multiple cards for different usage and the super-quick, a contactless transaction will improve the seamless experience.
  • A pilot project for the NCMC ecosystem on January 31 with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
  •  The first-level trials were successfully completed in collaboration with CDAC, BEL, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), and State Bank of India.

The NCMC was launched by the Prime Minister while inaugurating the first phase of the Ahmedabad metro train service.