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The Sukhdev Vihar residents complains that ever since plant operation begins, they exposed to continuous air pollution emitted by the plant. The solid waste transported to the plant by hundreds of trucks daily causes additional problems such as huge traffic, noise pollution and dust in the air. The residents appealed against Okhla waste to energy plant by filing a case in the high court of Delhi.

In addition, waste pickers rebel that it is affecting their means of livelihood and they feel that they should be given priority of collection of waste in the capital over private players.The All India Kabadi Mazdoor Mahasangh, Safai Sena and Green Flag trade unions have been demanding to include them in the waste management system. The mass demonstration infront of United Nations about inclusion of the plant in Clean Development's carbon credits scheme was to target officials and highlight their issue in the international arena.The Okhla Bird Sanctuary also exists around 10 km away and the plant is affecting the biodiversity in that region. The UP State government also objected the plant due to the proximity to the Eco sensitive zone.The environmental rights organization states that the emission can cause serious health hazards to the local residents. The plant is also constructed against the Delhi master plan. There are several academic institutions, hospitals existed nearly even escalated the conflict further. The conflict grown into street demonstrations and mobilization activities.