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76,000 premature deaths due to non-compliance of emission standard for coal plants in India:Study

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

About76,000 premature deaths could have been averted if power plants in the country had implemented on time the norms notified by the Ministry in 2015, according to a study by a green body.

Based on data accessed under the Right To Information response given by the Central Pollution Control Board, released an analysis Health and Environmental benefits of implementing the emission standards for coal-based on Friday.

On since the deadline lapsed for implementing the emission standards for coal-based power plants, analysis highlighted would have reduced 48 per cent of SO2, 48 per cent of NOx and 40 per cent of particulate matter emission respectively if the power plants had complied by the TPP emission standards.

The green body pointed out that approximately 76,000 premature deaths could have been averted if the power plants in had implemented the norms notified by the Ministry of Environment, in 2015 on time.

Out of 76,000 premature deaths, 34,000 deaths per year could have been avoided due to emissions reduction, 28,000 deaths due to NOx reduction and 15,000 deaths due to particulate matter emissions reductions, said in a statement.

The deadline for complying with the norms was December 7 last year. A year has passed with very little improvement in emission control at power plants.

Earlier this year the observed that the "has absolutely no intention of doing anything to reduce the generated by coal-based thermal power plants" and called their plan to implement the standards by 2022completely illusory in nature".

According to the report, a five-year delay in the implementation of the standards can lead up to an estimated 3.8 lakh avoidable deaths and NOx limits alone can lead in projected 1.4 lakh avoidable deaths.

The projection has not taken into account the increase in coal-based power generation for future years.

"Emission standards for thermal power plants were due in India over few decades, it's unfortunate that the and coal power companies are refusing to implement the rules and hiding behind false technical details," said Sunil Dahiya, senior campaigner,

"They should understand India is facing a public health crisis due to and emission from coal power plants are a big part of that crisis.

"India should accelerate implementation of the emission standards and stop any new investment on coal and move aggressively towards renewable sources which are not just environment-friendly but are overall sustainable and cheaper than polluting coal," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 23:30 IST