NTPC urges to relax closure order on power units

Bhubaneswar: Following Orissa State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) directive to shut down four of the six thermal power generation units under Talcher Super Thermal Power Station (TSPS) at Kanhia, a team of NTPC on Wednesday urged the state government for relaxation on closure direction by the OSPCB.

A decision in this regard will be taken after studying NTPC`s technical presentation and the matter will be taken up with the Dam Safety Division of the state Water Resources department for further assessment, sources said.

The overall pollution control measure taken up by NTPC, Kanhia, particularly the management of ash and ash-pond. Besides, it did not meet air and water pollution control measures, forest and environment minister Debi Prasad Mishra told reporters here.

OSPCB had been constantly pursuing with the NTPC for proper fly ash management and at least seven instructions were issued under Water Act and Air Act to rectify the deficiencies, OSPCB`s member secretary Siddhant Das said.

The breached ash pond (Lagoon -II of Stage-I) needs technical evaluation on its strength, stability and safety before it could be permitted to be pressed into service, Das added.

It may be mentioned here that NTPC Kanhia`s six units having generation capacity of 3,000 MW of electricity generates 6 million tonnes of ash per annum which is about 20,000 tonnes of ash every day.

On the other hand, the team urged the state government to relax the closure direction as it would adversely affect the power generation and distribution.

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