Reducing emission levels of coal fired power plants

Environment, Forest and Climate Change

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 54 TO BE ANSWERED ON 14.09.2020 Reducing emission levels of coal fired power plants 54.DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state: (a) whether Government has devised guidelines for reducing emission levels of country's coal fired power plants to meet the standards set in December 2015 by the Ministry; (b) if so, the details thereof; (c) whether high penalties/closure notices will be issued for non compliantairshed plants during the peak winter pollution months in Delhi NCR; and (d) if so, the details thereof? ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE (SHRI BABUL SUPRIYO) (a) & (b): In order to meet the standards set in December 2015, Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) and Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) phasing-in plan for every power plant in the country was prepared by the Ministry of Power in 2017.The plan included unit wise timelines for implementation of standards for each plant varying from March 2018 to December 2022. The timeline for plant within NCR and 300 kms of Delhi were set toDecember 2019 by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). (c) & (d):CPCB has issued directions on 08.05.2020 under section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to levy environmental compensation of Rs 18 lakhs per month per unit with effect from 01.01.2020 on non-compliant power plants in Delhi NCR, namely Aravali Thermal Power Station, Jhjahr and National Capital Territory Thermal Power Station, Dadri Thermal Power Station of NTPC Ltd. and Panipat Thermal Power station, Panipat of HPGCL as these plants have failed to comply the standards by 31.12.2019. However, the directions to impose Environmental Compensation have been stayed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in vide order dated 19.06.2020 and 31.08.2020 in the matter W.P. (C) No. 13029 of 1985 respectively