It is mainly in winters that the city chokes under toxic pollution from Mahagenco’s coal-fired power plants at Koradi and Khaparkheda. Throughout the year, different areas receive pollution from the power plants depending on the wind direction.
This came to fore through an analysis done by Neel Kamal, senior scientist at the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute’s (Neeri) Air Pollution Control division. As per the scientific analysis, the impact of pollution from these two power plants on public health depends on the direction of wind.
The atmosphere of the city receives pollutants from Koradi and Khaparkheda power plants only when the wind blows towards Nagpur, the analysis stated. “The direction of wind flow changes round the year. For Nagpur city, wind flows from Koradi to Nagpur during winter period. Hence, power plant chimney pollutants is high in that season,” the analysis added.
During summer, people residing along Bhandara Road tend to suffer the most. “Summer winds blow pollutants from power plants towards south-east direction. Therefore, area along Bhandara Road might get pollution from power plants,” Kamal stated.