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KPCL's diesel power plant in Bangalore may face closure

The diesel power generation (DG) plant of the Karnataka Power Corporation (KPCL) at Yelahanka, Bangalore, is said to face closure order by the State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). The Board has found that the KPCL's Yelahanka DG plant continues to pollute environment to such an extent that it is time to shut down its operations. The two-decade old DG plant, which mainly caters to power requirements of the Rail Wheel Factory or Wheel and Axle plant of the Railways at Yelahanka, has totally six units.

Of these, now only one is functioning. The KSPCB has received several complaints from the residents of Yelahanka that the power plant is causing too much air and water pollution. The KSPCB officials inspected the DG plant on May 4 this year and submitted a report to the KSPCB chairman explaining how the environment norms are violated.

The DG sets are old and they can’t use refined fuel. The sets are imported and require immediate repair and maintenance, the officials of the KPCL informed the inspection team. The KPCL has generated around 50 tonne of sludge in the last six years.

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