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Web Exclusive | June 2013

Centre defers green nod to Tata Power's Trombay plant

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has deferred Tata Power's application for green note for converting a 500 -mw oil-fired unit at its Trombay plant in Mumbai to a coal-fired one. The Ministry's experts appraisal committee (EAC), which met on May 20 and 21, has asked Tata Power to submit a compliance report. During the meeting, the EAC asked Tata Power to bring all material information in the public domain so that citizens concerned are informed of the reality.

The EAC's views are crucial as opponents of Tata Power's proposal have said the unit’s conversion would cause damage to the environment and create health hazards for Mumbaikars.

Tata Power has countered these objections, saying the modernisation would help use low sulphur, low ash, imported coal and would be achieved through addition of the latest state-of-the-art coal firing equipment and installation of pollution control equipments like 100 per cent Electro Static Precipitators and Flue Gas Desulfurisation systems to maintain emissions at current and controlled levels.

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