PCB to enquire ash pond breach incident

Talcher: State Environment and Forest department on Friday directed the Pollution Control Board (PCB) to enquire into the Ash pond breach incident of the National Thermal Power Plant (NTPC) that caused panic among the local residents here.

Expressing serious concern over the fifth breach incident after 1989, Director of the environment and forest department said that after the pollution control board submits its report, a show cause notice will be issued to them accordingly.

“We have asked the pollution control board to enquire and submit report about the incident after which we will also issue a show cause notice to NTPC for why such kind of incidents occur”, said director of state’s environment and forest department Bhagirathi Behera.

There was also a breaching incident in 2010 at the same place it has occurred.
On Thursday, the outer boundary of the ash pond of the Thermal Power Plant  of the NTPC at Kaniha in Angul district breached and ash water spread over hundred acres of land.

Hundred acres of land is now submerged with ash water. The breach created panic and widespread resentment among the local people. The outer boundary of the pond with ash is constructed with even fly ash. The weak construction led to the breach.

“We incur severe losses due to kind of incidents. Agriculture is badly hit and even people fall ill after inhaling the ash in the air”, said a local resident Dileswar Dehury.