NTPC is India’s largest electricity producer and its six-block coal-fired power station, spread over 1,200 hectares in Dadri, provides electricity for Delhi in particular.
It has taken some steps to reduce its emissions, including using farm waste patties for fuel.
In addition, like other NTPC facilities, the Dadri complex has a solar thermal power plant with a capacity of 5 megawatts. It produces a total of 2,500 MW.
According to Rao, the facility recycles 100% of its fly ash, which comes from coal burning, and has implemented a ZLD (Zero Liquid Discharge) system.
But there is still work to be done to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in India, of which coal-fired power plants are one of the largest emitters, to 1.1 gigatonnes a year, according to the Center for Science and Environment.
Residents living near the Dadri power plant complain about health-endangering coal dust pollution.
“It burns our eyes and hurts our lungs”, explains to AFP Rinku Rana, confectioner.
“But if the factory closes, we will be deprived of our livelihood. So it’s kind of a necessary evil‘ the 29-year-old shopkeeper adds, brushing a thick layer of gray dust off her cookie and candy bags.
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