New Delhi: The Center has extended the deadline for coal-fired power plants to raise the new emission standards to three years and even allow them to continue their operations after paying fines to defaulters if they Misses in the new deadline.
However, thermal power plants (TPPs) located in different regions have different timeframes for a maximum of three years in comparatively less polluting areas. The new deadline was released by the Ministry of Environment on Wednesday.
This would be the third deadline since notification of new emission norms for coal-based TPP, with the move being criticized by environmentalists, who said there would be serious consequences for the fight against air pollution.
Although TPP or cities with a population of more than one million, located within a radius of 10 km of the National Capital Region (NCR), will have to adhere to the deadline of December 31, 2022, others including the retiring unit have a deadline of December 31, 2025. Must be sorted .
TPP will have to install pollution control equipment such as flu gas desulfurization (FGD) units within the extended timeframe to meet the new emission norms of sulfur dioxide.
Sunil Dahiya, analyst at the Center for Research in Energy, said, “Given that this is the third deadline, the environment ministry needs to clarify what commitments they have received from power companies and the power ministry, which is at least this Bar applicable. ” And clean air (Cree).
According to the notification, a task force will be constituted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to classify thermal power plants into three categories based on their location to comply with emission norms within different timeframes.
In the event of non-compliance, the defaulting units will have to pay a fine of up to Rs 0.20 per unit of electricity generated to continue operating beyond the new time limit.
“Until the environment ministry gets a commitment from the power companies to award contracts for the manufacture of pollution control devices in the next few months and starts punishing those who miss out on doing so, it will be the interim milestone for dirty power plants. The stone will be formed. Want more expansion after 2025 at the expense of public health, ”said Dahiya.
After receiving a request from the Ministry of Power for this, the Ministry of Environment has issued a notification. The extension of the deadline was sought for 448 operational power generation units, citing uncertainties and delays due to the Kovid-19 epidemic and other issues, including import restrictions and liquidity shortages in the power sector.
He said, “Increasing the deadline once again will have serious consequences for the fight against air pollution. It would also mean the efforts of the Supreme Court and Indian regulators to control pollution from the coal-fired thermal power sector over the last five years is a complete mockery, ”Sunita Narayan, Director General of Central Science and Environment (CSE), said ahead of the expansion said. He made the remark in February warning against extending the deadline.
Naren then said, “The power ministry’s move has been influenced by the industry’s constant efforts to reduce and delay industry norms.” The industry is clearly not bothered about the health risks posed by pollution from these coal-fired power plants. ”
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