15-year-old gensets to be phased out
Fifteen-year-old generators being used in the <g data-gr-id="20">natioanl</g> Capital for residential and commercial purposes are to be phased out to bring down the city's air and noise pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has been told.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) informed the NGT that generators would be deactivated after completing 15 years from the date of manufacture or 50,000 hours of operation. "Any generator set having engines not engraved with the date and name of the manufacturer should not be allowed to operate after June 1, 2015. Any diesel generator set without a certified acoustic enclosure will <g data-gr-id="24">not to</g> be allowed to operate," the CPCB said.
The CPCB said generators used for agricultural purposes will have to be "discarded" after 16 years from the date of manufacture or 60,000 hours of operation.
The CPCB said that it had issued guidelines on 'in-use generator sets (noise and emissions)' under which generators used for agricultural purpose will have to be "discarded after its useful life, which is 16 years from the date of manufacturing or 60,000 hours of operation, whichever is earlier". "Any generators used for agriculture purpose, having engines not engraved with manufacturer's name and date of manufacturing would <g data-gr-id="21">not to</g> be allowed to operate after June 1, 2016," the CPCB said in its affidavit.
The CPCB response came on a plea filed by activist Ved Pal, stating that unchecked and uncontrolled lighting used at weddings required deployment of large generators that led to generation of smoke, heat and sound and contributed further to environmental degradation.