The environment ministry is not in favour of a blanket two-year extension to coal-fired plants for implementing emission control measures but is considering appropriate relaxations in view of pandemic and less capacity of local manufacturers, environment secretary R P Gupta said.
He said the environment ministry may consider a maximum extension of two years to eligible power plants.
The power ministry has in a letter to Gupta recommended a two year extension in current deadline for 448 operational thermal generating units.
“The ministry of power wants a blanket two-year extension. That will not happen. However, delays to due to the disruptions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and the push for domestic manufacturing must be accommodated but it won’t be a blanket two years for all plants,” Gupta told ET.
“If there had been no pandemic, we wold not be considering delaying the deadline,” he said.
He said the ministry is working out a graded extension to thermal power plants that takes into account factors such as pollution levels in the area where the plant is located, and the preparedness of the plant — that is have they ordered the pollution control technology. On the basis of this information the period of extension will be decided.
“The maximum extension to meet the deadline given to any plant will be two years,” he said.