Govt introduces charge routine for non-compliance of fly ash utilisation

Govt Introduces Charge Routine For Non-Compliance Of Fly Ash Utilisation

Govt introduces charge routine for non-compliance of fly ash utilisation, NEW DELHI: Forbiding dumping and disposal of fly ash released from coal or lignite based thermal power plants on land or into water bodies, the Centre has made it necessary for such plants to make sure 100% utilization of ash in an environmentally friendly manner, and presented for the very first time a charge program for non-compliance based on ‘polluter pays’ principle.

The responsibilities for achieving the ash usage targets will be applicable from April 1 in a three to five year cycle. As far as unutilised collected ash (legacy ash) is concerned, the ministry has actually given a window of 10 years to power plants for progressively using it.

Under new guidelines, alerted by the environment ministry last Friday, non-compliant power plants will be enforced with an ecological compensation of Rs 1,000 per tonne on unutilised ash during the end of every monetary year.

The quantity, gathered by the Central Pollution Control Panel (CPCB) from the thermal power plants, will be utilized towards the safe disposal of the unutilised ash. It may likewise be utilized for advancing research study on usage of ash including ash based products.

Though fly ash usage in India has increased from almost 10% in 1996-97 to the highest level of 92% in 2020-21, over 17 million tonnes remained unutilized throughout last fiscal year when 179 thermal power plants created around 222 million tonnes of fly ash.

Considering that the unutilized fly ash creates ecological hazards leading to contamination of soil and groundwater, and air pollution, the ministry has actually now made it obligatory for all companies (government, semi-government and personal), engaged in building and construction activities such as road laying,

road and flyover embankments, coastline defense structures in seaside districts and dams within 300 kms from the lignite or coal based thermal power plants, to make use of ash in these activities.

In that case, power plants will have to deliver fly ash at task websites free of cost. The power plant might, nevertheless, charge for ash expense and transportation according to equally concurred terms, in case it has the ability to dispose of the ash through other ways.

The government had issued the fly ash utilization order way back in 1999 and subsequently modified it several times. The most recent one to achieve the target of 100% fly ash utilization was released after going through the suggestions on its draft, launched last year. “Statutory commitment of 100% usage of ash will be dealt with as a modification in law, anywhere relevant,” said the new notification.

The CPCB and the worried State Contamination Control panel (SPCB) or Contamination Control Committee (PCC) will be the implementing and keeping an eye on authority for guaranteeing compliance of the arrangements and will keep track of the usage of ash on a quarterly basis.

“The CPCB shall develop a portal for the function within six months of the date of publication of the notice. The concerned district magistrate will have concurrent jurisdiction for enforcement and monitoring of the arrangements of this notification,” said the order.

The ministry has actually also notified environmentally friendly use of fly ash such as making of bricks, blocks, tiles, fiber cement sheets, pipelines, boards, and panels.

It can likewise be used in cement manufacturing, ready mix concrete, construction of roadway and fly over embankment, ash and geo-polymer based construction product, construction of dam, filling up of low lying area, filling of mine spaces and construction of coastline defense structures in coastal districts. Power plants can likewise export ash to other countries.

Published at Tue, 04 Jan 2022 04:33:50 -0500

Govt introduces charge routine for non-compliance of fly ash utilisation

Govt introduces charge routine for non-compliance of fly ash utilisation

Govt introduces charge routine for non-compliance of fly ash utilisation

Govt introduces charge routine for non-compliance of fly ash utilisation

Govt introduces charge routine for non-compliance of fly ash utilisation

Govt introduces charge routine for non-compliance of fly ash utilisation

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