NGT imposes fine to power plants not disposing fly ash

If erring plants failed to deposit Rs 5 crore, such plants will have to pay 12 % interest. DH file photo

The National Green Tribunal has imposed Rs 5 crore fine on thermal power plants which have not disposed of the fly ash they produced for electricity.

If thermal power plants did not meet 100 % fly ash disposal criteria such plants have to depot Rs 5 crore with Central Pollution Control Board in a month, the NGT in said in its latest order.

If erring plants failed to deposit Rs 5 crore, such plants will have to pay 12 % interest.

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in its notification dated November 3, 2011, had said that thermal power plants commissioned before the date of notification will have to ensure 100 % fly ash utilisation in five years.

Those commissioned after notification have to ensure 100 % compliance within four years of the date of commissioning.

The NGT order comes at a time when a lot of complaints against the thermal power plants that they failed to dispose of it properly and it led to not only major sources for pollution but also affects crops produced nearby plants.

 

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