Will government shut down power plants within 300 kms of city?
"As a part of pollution control measures, IIT Kanpur has recommended that the power plants within 300 km vicinity of the Capital should be shut down. They have also recommended vacuum cleaning of dust on city roads," said Satyendar Jain.
If the proposal of IIT Kanpur is implemented, then Delhi could be bracing for a power shortage. The Delhi government on Tuesday said it is considering a report submitted by the institute, according to which there should be ban on power plants within a radius of 300 km of Delhi to control air pollution.
Delhi urban development minister Satyendar Jain submitted the recommendations made by IIT-Kanpur at the NCR Planning Board meeting, which was chaired by union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu. The primary focus of the meeting was the rising levels of pollution in the Capital.
Jain said: "As a part of pollution control measures, IIT Kanpur has recommended that the power plants within 300 km vicinity of the Capital should be shut down. They have also recommended vacuum cleaning of dust on city roads."
The National Capital Power Station (NCPS) in Dadri and Mahatma Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project at Khanpur village in Jhajjar district of Haryana are within this 300 km radius.
NCPS has a huge coal-based thermal power plant and a gasbased plant. It supplies 80 per cent of the electricity to Delhi. A senior NCPS official said: "The Dadri power station generates around 2,200 MW of electricity of which 1,800 MW is supplied to Delhi. Which means Delhi gets 70 to 80 per cent of electricity from Dadri the plant. If the plant shuts down, then Delhi will face electricity shortage."
The Delhi government today made it clear that the third phase of odd-even scheme will only happen in the city with prior adequate preparations and awareness to the people.
Jain has asked the Centre to give the city administration sufficient time before asking it to implement the next round of carrationing scheme as part of antipollution emergency measures.
Earlier this month, the Centre had submitted in the Supreme Court its action plan to tackle the menace of air pollution and recommended slew of measures including ban on construction activities and implementation of odd-even scheme in the national capital.
The Delhi government also proposed setting up of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with the Centre overseeing cleaning up of river Yamuna and Yamuna Development Front project. Jain said: "We have proposed setting up of a SPV to help in cleaning Yamuna. The Delhi government and the Centre would be the key stakeholders."