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QUESTION NO.3199 Emission by Thermal Power Plants

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA  MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE

LOK SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3199

TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.01.2018

Emission by Thermal Power Plants

 3199.   SHRI GAURAV GOGOI: 

SHRI JYOTIRADITYA M. SCINDIA:

Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

(a)    whether the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has recently asked the Central Pollution

Control Board (CPCB) to clarify its stand on coal based thermal power plants which

are causing emission beyond permissible limits; 

(b)    if so, the present status of coal based thermal power plants which are causing emission

beyond permissible limits; 

(c)    whether CPCB has asked various coal based power plants to adopt latest technologies

so that emission by such plants across the country is properly checked; and 

(d)    if so, the details thereof? 

 

ANSWER

MINISTER  OF  STATE  IN  THE  MINISTRY  OF  ENVIRONMENT,  FOREST  AND  CLIMATE CHANGE 

(DR. MAHESH SHARMA)

(a) and (b)   The Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed to Central Pollution

Control Board (CPCB) to submit a status report regarding Thermal Power Plants (TPPs) in

Ganga basin and its tributaries.  The TPPs in the country are required to meet new emission

standards notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC)

on 07.12.2015 which came into force from 07.12.2017.  As per available information, 60% of

identified 196 GW capacity in respect of independent power producers is in compliance with

respect to particulate matter.  With respect to other plants and parameters, a strict timeline has

been laid down for compliance in a time-bound manner.  The timelines have been laid down

taking into account proximity to habitations, supply side constraints, need to provide access to

electricity to around 300 million people who still do not have access to it, combat indoor air

pollution and to maintain the overall stability of power supply in the country.  The monitored

data under National Air Quality Monitoring Programme shows that in general the ambient

concentration of SO2, NOx are below permissible limits except few locations.

(c) and (d)  The above notification does not lay down any specific technology for controlling

the prescribed emissions from TPPs.

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