Preliminary work on power generation from waste disposal in Rawalpindi has begun.
Around 1000 tons of waste from the city and its surrounding villages is regularly transferred to 600 canals of an open dumping point at Lusar adjacent to GT Road. This causes significant air and underground pollution.
In order to overcome this pollution, the authorities have decided to employ this waste in power generation.
National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has fixed Rs.8 as the rate of electricity per unit generated from this waste.
Moreover, a feasibility study has been sought from different companies for the installation of modern waste disposal and energy plant. Punjab government will be providing the funding for the project.
The idea of producing power from waste came up in 2016. The Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC) inked a memorandum with the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid University for the power production from the waste generated in the garrison city.