GAIL moots shutting of coal based power plants near metros

Amidst raging debate over rising levels of air pollution, state-owned GAIL India today mooted shutting down of coal-based power plants near metro cities and switch to cleaner gas as a source of electricity generation.

GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi said besides Badarpur power plant in Delhi, the nearby Dadri station too needs to be shut.

“All thermal (coal) based plants in big cities and metros have to be looked into (for closure),” he said at the World Energy Policy Summit here.

Delhi, the world’s most polluted city, last week decided to shut down the Badarpur and Rajghat thermal power stations to check pollution.

It also plans to restrict the number of cars on its roads by implementing license-plate based driving bans — allowing vehicles with license plates ending with odd and even numbers to ply on alternate days starting January 1.

“Badarpur is second most inefficient plant in the country,” Tripathi said adding if it can be shut, so can Dadri power station of NTPC in the neighbouring Ghaziabad district.

He also cited the presence of a 30 year old coal-based power plant near Mumbai as an example of polluters that need to be looked at.

Delhi, he said, also has a gas-based power plant at Bawana which is shut. “Bawana is most efficient plant in the country but it is shut.”

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