The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has slapped a fine of nearly Rs 10.80 crore per month on Haryana’s four thermal power plants for not putting in place measures to reduce air pollutants. It has directed the Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) to ensure that the remissions are made by the fifth day of every month.
In an order issued on May 8, CPCB chairman Ravi S Prasad and member secretary Parshant Gargva have asked the managements of Panipat, Hisar, Yamunanagar and Jhajjar thermal power stations to start releasing the payment by calculating the fine since January this year.
CPCB action stems from the 2017 study on air pollution in New Delhi by IIT Kanpur, called ‘Air Pollution and Green House Gases in Delhi’. The study blamed 11 thermal power plants within Delhi’s 300km radius for its air pollution. These power plants produce 11,000 MW units of electricity daily.
‘Corrective measures by Jan 2021’
Based on its submission, the ministry of environment and forests had directed all the power generation companies and state governments to introduce corrective steps and submit a compliance report. Being the nodal agency for compliance of orders, CPCB in 2018 had directed the thermal plants to submit action report or compliance report.