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Commission For Air Quality Management Bans Use Of Coal In Delhi-NCR From Next Year

The Commission for Air Quality Management has passed an order on June 3, to ban coal in order to curb air pollution in Delhi-NCR

Commission For Air Quality Management Bans Use Of Coal In Delhi-NCR From Next Year
The air quality panel had earlier invited suggestions from the general public and experts to find a permanent solution to curb the air pollution problem in Delhi-NCR
Highlights
  • 1.7 million tonnes of coal is used annually in industrial applications
  • PNG infrastructure areas will observe ban from October 1
  • To curtail air pollution, panel has invited public and experts suggestion

New Delhi: The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has issued directions to ban the use of coal in industrial, domestic and other miscellaneous applications in the entire Delhi NCR region from January 1, 2023. However, the use of low-sulphur coal in thermal power plants will remain to continue and hence has been exempted from the ban. Around 1.7 million tonnes of coal is used annually in industrial applications in NCR, with about 1.4 million tonnes being consumed in six major industrial districts alone.

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In an order issued on June 3, the CAQM said the ban on the use of coal will come in force with effect from October 1 in areas having PNG infrastructure and supply and from January 1, 2023 in areas where the PNG supply is still not available.

In a statement the panel said,

In full effect, the use of coal as fuel shall be banned across NCR with effect from January 1, 2023.

The panel had earlier invited suggestions from the general public and experts in the field to find a permanent solution to the air pollution problem in Delhi-NCR.

A large number of suggestions were related to the banning of coal. The CAQM then constituted an expert group to examine and deliberate upon all such suggestions and proposals.

In its report, the expert group also strongly recommended phasing out heavily polluting fossil fuels like coal and mandating cleaner fuels to the extent possible.

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