NCR's thermal units to miss deadline for curbing pollution this winter: RTI

Over 33 power stations in the NCR were given two years' extension from the original deadline of 2017 to install emissions-control technology, but most are yet to award tenders, reveals RTI

Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava New Delhi
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Every winter, residents of North India are forced to live and work in toxic air conditions, with pollution levels rising up to 20 times the safe limits. Among the government measures that could have brought some respite from such a situation this year, was a plan to contain emissions of toxic pollutants from the thermal power stations in the National Capital Region (NCR) within legally safe limits by December 2019. 
The power stations, however, are likely to continue to pollute beyond legal limits for several months beyond the December deadline, information accessed through a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed. 
The December deadline for the NCR power plants was decided after the original rules for the thermal power emission were already diluted by the government in 2017. According to the Union Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change rules, notified in 2015, over 400 thermal power stations in the country we

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First Published: Oct 16 2019 | 4:39 PM IST

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