Power plants in Delhi-NCR will fail to comply with revised pollution control norms: Survey
NEW DELHI: A new survey and analysis done by an environmental think tank observed that coal-based power plants in Delhi-NCR may not be doing their bit to improve Delhi's air quality. "One of the contributors to the toxic cocktail in Delhi's air, these power plants are still far away from meeting the pollution control norms, the deadline for which is December 2019. These norms or regulations were announced by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in December 2015 and have already been extended by two years for power plants in the Delhi-NCR region," noted the survey.
It added that given the serious state of non-compliance by the plants even after three years, the Ministry of Power had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court committing to the new timelines.
Center for Science of Environment which did the survey, had assessed the sector's compliance preparedness in July 2018 and found that most plants had not even conducted preliminary due diligence to assess pollution control needs to help them meet the norms.
It did the second survey and analysis in February 2019 and found that the situation remains the same.
According to reports, coal-based power plants totalling 13.2 GW operate within 300 km of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and are a significant contributor to Delhi's air pollution. Currently, these stations emit 57 tonnes/day of particulate matter (PM), 686 tonnes/day of SO2, and 304 tonnes/day