Govt bids to set up cement plants near thermal power plants to utilize fly ash

In order to ensure complete utilization of fly ash from thermal power plants, an expert panel of the Union environment ministry has decided to form a multi-disciplinary committee to examine the possibility of setting up cement plants along with such plants.

The decision was taken at the environment ministry’s Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for thermal power projects on 14 February.

It came after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in January 2017 directed the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) to examine the feasibility of setting up captive cement plants near thermal power plants either by project proponents themselves or by joint venture for effective utilisation of fly ash generated from power plants.

The expert committee, during its meeting, noted that cement plants require nearly 70-80% of limestone for manufacturing clinker which is grinded for making cement.

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