With the air quality index turning severe, coal-based power plants in the NCR are preparing to shut. The power plant in Panipat shut down on Monday, while the ones in Hisar and Yamunanagar are in the process of closing. The Haryana power generation corporation limited (HPGCL) has said that the remaining plants too might be shut if the pollution levels continue to rise.
Track the pollution level in your city
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has noted that Panipat Thermal Power Station (TPS), does not meet the standards and has failed to switch to cleaner fuel gas desulfurization (FGD) technology.
With the first deadline (December 2017) to control emission through FGD already missed, the second proposed deadline (December 2020) is unlikely to be met. When CPCB had imposed a fine of Rs 2.70 crore in May 2020, the Panipat TPS had challenged this in the Supreme Court
Notably, the ministry of environment, forest and climate change had in 2015 come up with new norms for coal-based power plants to cut down emission of particulate matter (PM10), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and oxides of nitrogen. These norms have come into force from December last year.
“Panipat TPS has three units, with a total 920 MW capacity of power generation. We have closed all the units and are taking all measures to control the emission.