The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has issued a notice to Parli Thermal Power station in Beed district over alleged mismanagement of ash, a byproduct at the power unit, an MPCB official said on Tuesday. The official said there is no designated storage facility as such in Parli and the ash during transportation spills from trucks on roads, creating environmental issues.
“To address this issue, we have served a notice to the power station and asked its officials to initiate steps accordingly. We have told our officials to check the air quality at three places in Parli. Once we get the report, further line of action will be decided,” he said.
The power station is one of the coal based power plants of Maharashtra State Power Generation Company.
The power plant’s chief engineer, Mohan Avhad, told that large ponds have been created in Parli to store the ash, which is then given free of cost to brick manufacturers, as a government policy.
During transportation of the ash in trucks from the ponds, it spills and falls on roadsides. When other vehicles pass over it, the ash flies in the air and creates problems, he said.