“The effort to clean up India’s air is facing resistance from power producers who say govt is asking them to spend too much and revamp old plants too quickly.”
“India’s effort to clean up the world’s worst air is facing resistance from power producers who say the government is asking them to spend too much and revamp old plants too quickly.
The nation’s first steps to limit toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants may cost Rs.2.5 trillion and will take longer than the two-year deadline set by the government, according to the New Delhi-based Association of Power Producers, a lobby group of non-state power generation companies.
“There are financing challenges, implementation challenges, administrative challenges and regulatory challenges,” said Ashok Khurana, APP’s director general. “The two-year deadline is just impractical. It’s impossible.”
The clean-up standards were published days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned from the December climate conference in Paris amid uproar over the worsening air quality in the capital New Delhi. India is home to 11 of the top 20 cities on the planet with the worst air quality, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), which collected pollution levels from 1,600 metropolitan areas between 2008 to 2013.” Live Mint. Read it on delhair.org.