The Delhi government has written a letter to the Centre urging 11 thermal power plants to shut down in the National Capital Region (NCR). This was a response to the drastic and rapid increase in pollution levels.
The letter was written by Satyendar Jain, Delhi’s Power Minister to the Union Power Minister RK Singh on Wednesday. Jain while addressing a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat stated that these plants were actually the biggest contributors to the rise in pollution levels in Delhi.
He added that the Arvind Kejriwal government was the only one in the states that had shut down all three of its power plants to help lower the pollution levels. In the letter, Jain also noted that the government of Delhi has shown a path by shutting down its own power plants.
The Minister citing a 2015 Supreme Court order accused the central government of intending to allow two more years to the power stations despite the apex court orders. He is of the view that the shutting down of 11 power plants will definitely make a huge difference in the pollution situation of the national capital.
He added that in 2009, in a bid to bring down the pollution levels of NCR, the Delhi government had shut down the Indraprastha power plant. This was followed by the shutdown of the Rajghat plant in 2015 and the Badarpur plant in 2018. The minister went on to state that stubble-burning and power plants are the biggest contributors to the harmful air in Delhi and added that on air quality, “every step counts.”
According to the minister, the nation’s capital has alternative sources to generate power and that there is no lack of it as well even during peak hours. Hence the closure of thermal plants will not lead to the reduction of power supply.
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