Days after state power minister Satyendar Jain wrote to the central government requesting it to shut down all 11 thermal power plants in the NCR, the state-owned NTPC’s Dadri plant said that it was striving to become the cleanest coal fired plant in the country.
Addressing a press conference last week, Jain had said that thermal plants around Delhi were the biggest contributors of the capital’s pollution. “In 2015, orders were passed to shut these thermal stations within two years, which was later revised to 2019 by the Centre,” the power minister had said. “Dadri power station, which causes immense pollution in the city despite crossing its threshold of completing 25 years, is being planned to be renewed by the Centre,” Jain had alleged.
In a statement, NTPC Dadri said that it was complying with all CPCB guidelines on emissions. “All emission parameters are being monitored online and transmitted to CPCB on a real-time basis,” the statement said, adding that the plant’s flue gas emissions and PM levels were well within CPCB norms.