pollution in delhi
The pollution situation in Delhi has remained serious for the last few days. People are forced to breathe poisonous air. Meanwhile, a research report of CSE has further increased the concern. Center for Science and Environment (CSE) has conducted a research on the elements, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide emitted from 11 thermal power plants of Delhi-NCR. This research is based on the data of the Central Electricity Authority of the Ministry of Energy between April 2022 and August 2023.
A new information has come to light regarding the increasing pollution in Delhi. A research has shockingly revealed that the power plants of Delhi-NCR are releasing toxic elements into the climate here. According to this research, the share of thermal power plants in PM 2.5 pollution in Delhi NCR is about eight percent. The question arises why such plants are unable to meet the norms?
Why was the deadline extended?
CSE’s Industrial Pollution Program Director Nivit Yadav has said that the main reason for this is the continuous extension of the deadline. Despite amendments by the Union Energy Ministry, power plants in Delhi-NCR are not following the standards regarding elements like nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide. Due to this, these plants are poisoning the climate of Delhi NCR. At present, these plants are spreading about 6 percent more pollution than stubble.
Government’s claims failed
In December 2015, the Energy Ministry had prepared some standards for coal-based plants, which were to be strictly followed within two years. But later the ministry extended the deadline to 5 years for all power plants except Delhi-NCR. In view of the increasing level of pollution in the area, it was to be implemented by 2019.
On one hand, the Central and Delhi governments claim to have taken many steps to reduce pollution in Delhi-NCR, but on the other hand, they raise big questions regarding the smoke coming out of thermal power plants. But the situation is such that the government needs to take concrete steps in this direction so that people in Delhi can breathe clean air.
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