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Shut down thermal crops in NCR, Delhi tells Centre

Delhi energy minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday wrote to Union energy minister RK Singh, requesting him to close all of the 11 thermal energy crops situated inside a radius of 300 kilometres from the nationwide Capital.

Addressing a press convention, Jain stated the thermal energy crops round Delhi are one of many greatest contributors to air pollution. He stated regardless of orders from the Supreme Court, these stations haven’t been shut but.

“Instead, the Central government now intends to renew these power stations and allow them to operate for two more years. This is happening even as the Central government had told the Supreme Court in 2015 that they will lower pollution emission from these plants by 2019,” he stated.

The energy ministry didn’t reply to HT’s requests for a remark.

Rai said that on May eight this yr, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had despatched penalty notices to 35 non-compliant electrical energy mills in 15 coal-fired thermal energy stations.

 

“Surprisingly, these generating stations were found to be non-compliant even with the new emissions norms introduced by the Central government way back in 2015… The CPCB notices are proof that the plants are environmentally hazardous and Delhi pays a huge cost due to these pollution-heavy plants that are stealthily and adversely affecting the lives of Delhi citizens,” learn the letter despatched by Jain.

He stated the Delhi authorities had already shut down the IP energy plant in 2009, the Rajghat energy plant in 2015 and the Badarpur energy plant in 2018 attributable to elevated environmental considerations, including Delhi is the one state the place there isn’t a thermal energy station now.

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The Delhi minister stated it’s anticipated that the upcoming winters would possibly additional irritate the Covid-19 pandemic if the air pollution ranges aren’t stored underneath management. “Accordingly, it’s requested that obligatory instructions could also be issued to close down the facility technology from the crops non-compliantwith the rules of the ministry of surroundings and forest dated 7.12.2015 and difficultyobligatory instructions to NTPC for decommissioning of Dadri-1 thermal station for holding the anticipated increase of air pollution in Delhi,” Jain said in his letter.

Asked in regards to the difficulty of non-payment of salaries to the workers at Hindu Rao and Kasturba hospitals, he reiterated that North MCD ought to hand over these hospitals to the Delhi Government.

“A formal written proposal has been sent to the Centre to transfer these hospitals to the Delhi Government. MCD had earlier tried transferring the hospitals, but the Centre did not take them. We give funds to the MCD, but we are unaware of the expenditure since they do not get an audit done,” he stated.

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