Telangana: National Green Tribunal stops NTPC plant expansion
The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was dealt a temporary setback on Thursday when the National Green Tribunal's south zone court in Chennai decided to postpone for seven months the environment clearance (EC) granted to NTPC for its new thermal power plant at Ramagundam. The NGT bench demanded a re-appraisal based on the Union ministry of environment and forest's new terms and conditions.The NTPC was also ordered to conduct a new study on the area for the installation of a flue gas desulferisation system (a set of technologies for removing sulphur dioxide) and to conduct a hydro-geological impact assessment on the ash pond due to ash slurry storage, as well as to investigate the impact on water quality. “The project proponent should be required to undergo radioactivity and heavy metal testing on the coal that will be used. These tests should be carried out for alternative coal as well as mitigation measures to be made to lessen environmental damage, according to the NGT.
The NTPC was given the task of doing a cumulative impact evaluation of ambient air quality modelling for a 15-kilometer radius around the project.