The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued show cause directions to 31 units of 14 thermal power plants on 31.01.2020 for non-compliance of CPCB’s directions dated 11.12.2017 issued for ensuring compliance of emission standards prescribed by Government of India. According to Ministry of Power, there are 650 units (196667 MW) installed in the country, out of 650 units, 75 units (8304 MW) have been retired so far due to various reasons including environmental issues such as Badarpur TPS (Units – 1 to 5) of NTPC Ltd. and Rajghat TPS (Unit – 1 & 2) of IPGCL.

These units would soon turn older than 25 years and can't be retrofitted to meet new emission norms

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious plan to give a push to renewable energy by bundling costlier solar power with cheap electricity produced in old thermal plants has failed to take off.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Bhule Ram Versus Union of India & Others dated 28/03/2014 regarding the market value of land situated in revenue village Aali, Delhi, for the purpose of construction of Ash
Pond at Badarpur Thermal Power Station.

Unavailability of natural gas and destruction of forests and water bodies due to our inability to use our coal fields optimally is having a huge impact on our health and environment

Two monopolies. One private; the other public. One in gas; the other in coal. Both equally disastrous for the environment. I speak here of Reliance Industries Ltd and Coal India Ltd.