Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding management of fly ash generated by the Thermal Power Plants, India, 20/11/2018
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shantanu Sharma Vs Union of India & Others dated 20/11/2018 regarding management of fly ash generated by the Thermal Power Plants (TPP).
National Green Tribunal directs that a Joint Committee of the representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Central Pollution Control Board and IIT Roorkee be constituted "to finalize action plan covering all aspects so as to not only achieve 100% utilization of fly ash but also to ensure its scientific and environmentally sound disposal. The Committee will also be required to determine the amount of damages to be paid for the violation of requirement of utilization of fly ash".
NGT also directs all Thermal Power Stations who have failed to dispose of 100% fly ash up to 31.12.2017, to deposit damages for environment restoration. For instance thermal power plants upto the capacity of 500 MW will be required to pay Rs. 1 Crore and thermal power plants beyond the capacity of 1000 MW Rs. 5 crores.