Coal ban: Thermal plants need attention

To control air pollution in Delhi-NCR, the Air Quality Management Commission (CAQM) has banned the use of coal for industrial, domestic and other purposes in the entire region from January 1, 2023. The ban will come into effect from October. In areas where natural gas is available through the pipe this year 1. For other areas, it will start on January 1st. However, this ban does not include thermal power plants that are a major contributor to air pollution.

Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Emissions from fire and trash burning on the farm lead to concentrations of PM2.5 micronutrients, a study by the Science and Environment Center (CSE) shows that NCR’s seven industrial districts have an estimated 1.4 million tonnes of coal. From industries. These industries, the CSE says, need a road map to switch to clean fuels and general combustion facilities, regulate fleet emissions, and improve infrastructure.

More critically, the government should force thermal power plants to clean up their operation. For example, in 2015, the government asked power plants to set up Flu Gas Disulfurization (FGD) to control toxic SO2 emissions. But power plants have failed to set up FGD by the 2017 deadline, Delhi has missed 2019 for NCR and most (61%) will miss the deadline till 2022. No bids have been made to do so, and as publicists demand, publicize real-time and historical emissions from power plant units to increase transparency. Fundamental right of clean air. Take all steps to ensure that Indian citizens can enjoy that decisive right in character and spirit.

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