Thermal power plants to provide fly ash for road work free of cost

Bhubaneswar: Companies having thermal power plant in Odisha will now have to transport fly ash free of cost to a road construction site located within 100 kms perimeter of their plant. A decision regarding this was taken at a joint meeting of NTPC and State Pollution Control Board here on Friday.

Works Secretary Nalinikant Pradhan, who was present in the meeting, said, “We will formulate a law to ensure that the plants generating fly ash will make arrangement for transportation of the material to work site free of cost thereby helping the contractor involved in road construction to utilise the plant residue can be used properly without putting an additional burden.”

Expressing similar view, Forest and Environment Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said, “Maximum use of fly ash in construction activity will reduce pollution and help in less land acquisition for creating ash pond.”