'Stubble burning' and 'not thermal plants' responsible for deteriorating Delhi-NCR air quality

Notably, the air quality index (AQI) in NCR is of grave concern amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

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National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has recently made a statement saying that the state thermal plants are not responsible for deteriorating air quality in Delhi-National Capital Region. 

Notably, the air quality index (AQI) in NCR is of grave concern amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Vehicular emissions, construction activities, road dust, industrial emissions, and above all stubble-burning is the nearby states are contributing to the smog, which is dangerous for the health and immune system of the people if inhaled, NTPC said in a statement. 

It was also added that the coal-fired power plants have often been accused of increased pollution, which may not always be correct. 

The coal-fired units of Dadri (NTPC plant) are closed since October, but the ambient air quality and AQI of NCR have been deteriorating day-by-day, NTPC said.

"The same units were operational during the lockdown earlier this year with practically no emissions. In fact, when it comes to emissions, Dadri coal units are amongst the cleanest not only in NTPC but the whole country," it said.

All the units of NTPC Dadri power station are equipped with state-of-the-art systems to control emissions like ESP (electrostatic precipitator) for particulate matters, dry sorbent injection, desulfurization system for SOx emission, and combustion modification for control of NOx emissions.

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For real-time monitoring of ambient air quality, Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) and Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station (CAAQMS) are installed. 

NTPC said its Dadri thermal plant has developed a facility for co-firing of rice stubble agro-waste pellets.

More than 8,000 tonnes of agro-waste pellets have been fired in the last two years which has avoided stubble burning in almost 4,000 acres of farmland. The use of agro-waste pellets for power generation at Dadri station is helping farmers financially and also in reducing the carbon footprint of power generation, it added.