Scorching sun & Air Pollution in Chandrapur due to CSTPS (Chandrapur Thermal Power plant).
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Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS) 3340 MW have been spewing poison into the air for more than a decade now. Every day the air quality of Chandrapur is getting more and more polluted, Chandrapur is now the fourth most polluted city in India. The number of deaths per day due to air pollution in India has risen from 2,139 per day in 1990 to 3,238 in 2015 (According to a Greenpeace India report) people residing in Chandrapur are suffering from respiratory and stomach-related ailments. It has been seen by MPCB (Maharashtra Pollution Control Board) that the old unit of CSTPS exceeding the prescribed standard emissions limit several times.
Existing Emission Standards:
- For power generation capacity (MW) of less than 210 MW the particulate matter emission should be 350 mg/Nm3.
- For power generation capacity (MW) of 210 MW or more the particulate matter emission should be 150 mg/Nm3.
But here due to failed ESP (Electro Static Precipitator) and due to old and outdated technology sometimes the emissions have reached till 500 mg/NM3. Even the new 8 th and 9 th unit that has been installed in 2015 & 2016 respectively with the newer technology has added to the pollution during day hours the newer unit keep the discharge of ash from the chimney at minimum by keeping their ESP charged but during night hours the emission increases drastically which is visible if seen carefully. For those who don’t know ESP (Electro Static Precipitator), an electrostatic precipitator (ESP) is a filtration device that removes fine particles, like dust and smoke, from a flowing gas using the force of an induced electrostatic charge minimally impeding the flow of gases through the thermal power plant unit. Even though they are violating the rules MPCB has not taken any strong action against them. So I urge everyone to support and to spread this petition as much as possible so that our government could notice and take step to control the pollution. With every day passing and every death happens we will be responsible if we don’t stand together and raise our voice.
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