NGT imposes penalties on TPPs for inefficient ash disposal

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed penalties of up to Rs 50 million on thermal power plants (TPPs) that have not fully disposed of the fly ash generated from operations. The TPPs failing to comply with the 100 per cent fly ash disposal mandate will have to deposit a penalty ranging from Rs 10 million to Rs 50 million (depending on capacity) to the Central Pollution Control Board. If the plants default on the payment of fine, they will have to pay a 12 per cent interest. In November 2011, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had mandated that TPPs commissioned before the date of notification have to ensure 100 per cent fly ash utilisation in five years while those commissioned after the notification have to ensure 100 per cent compliance within four years of the date of commissioning.

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