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 utilities account for 51% of India's coal-based power capacity

More than half the country’s coal-based power-generation capacity has been running on less than seven days’ fuel supply, power ministry data reveal. The latest numbers showed 34 of India’s 90 power stations were running on critical coal stocks — sufficient to sustain operations for less than seven days — as on Wednesday. These 34 stations account for 50,047 Mw of the country’s total 97,920-Mw power capacity (51 per cent).

The Delhi Government has sought the Centre’s permission to allow it to divert the gas supply meant for the Gas Turbine Power Plant and the Indraprastha Plant to its new plant at Bawana. Doing so, will help increase production at Bawana, which is currently being run much below its installed capacity of 1500 MW.

With no additional supply of gas in sight, and the production of power at the three power plants dismally low, the Delhi Government has decided to juggle its existing supply of gas to ensure maximum utilisation of the fuel and better production of power.