The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has issued a formal clearance for reopening NTPC’s 705 MW Badarpur thermal power station in the National Capital Region of Delhi. The coal-based plant has been closed since November 2016 to curb air pollution. The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority has decided to allow the plant to operate till the beginning of next winter in order to meet power demand in the state. The plant will be operational till the Tughlaqabad substation is commissioned as it will help meet the demand in south Delhi. The DPCC will appoint the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute to monitor the fly ash pit and the air quality in and around the station during its operation.