Coal based power plants in 10 states asked to install anti-emission equipment

The central government has asked 79 coal-based power plants aggregating 20,500 MW capacity in 10 states including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh to install emission control equipment by the end of this month, while 517 other plants have been given timeline relaxations.

According to the revised categorisation of thermal power plants by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), these 79 coal-fired power plants fall in the Category-A of the new norms. The projects are owned by NTPC Limited, Torrent Power, Tata Power, Apraava India and state generating companies of Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. As per the notification issued by the environment ministry in April 2021, projects in this category that fail to comply with the timeline will have to pay a penalty of 10 paise per unit of electricity generated upto 180 days of non-compliance, 15 paise between 181 days to 365 days and 20 paise per unit after 366 days.

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