Ban on coal, other unapproved fuels comes into force
COAL & MINING

Ban on coal, other unapproved fuels comes into force

A stringent ban on the use of coal and other unapproved fuels in industries and commercial establishments came into force in Delhi-NCR with officials saying defaulting units will be closed down without any warning. However, the use of low-sulphur coal in thermal power plants is allowed, according to the central government's Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM). The ban is part of a comprehensive policy released by the CAQM in July last year. The policy lists sector-wise action plans to curb air pollution in Delhi-NCR in the next five years.

Authorities have been directed to close down industries and commercial establishments using unapproved fuels, including coal, without giving them any show-cause notice. A heavy fine will be levied on the defaulting units, a CAQM official said. He said the panel had announced the ban six months ago, giving enough time to all industries to shift to cleaner fuels. The use of low-sulphur coal is also allowed in captive thermal power plants, the official clarified, saying “it could be used wherever the primary purpose is power generation.”

The commission had in June issued directions to ban the use of coal in industrial, domestic and other miscellaneous applications in the entire Delhi-NCR from 01 January, 2023. Around 1.7 million tonne of coal is used annually in industrial applications in the National Capital Region (NCR), with about 1.4 million tonne being consumed in six major industrial districts alone. In a bid to reduce vehicular pollution, the Centre's air quality panel has also directed Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana to register only CNG and electric autos from 01 January, 2023 and complete the phase out of the diesel ones in the NCR by the end of 2026. The objective is that only CNG and e-autos ply in the NCR from 01 January, 2027.

The NCR covers Delhi, 14 districts of Haryana, eight districts of Uttar Pradesh andtwo districts of Rajasthan. According to the CAQM's directions, diesel autos in Ghaziabad, Gautam BudhNagar, Faridabad and Gurugram will have to be moved out of service by the endof 2024. Sonepat, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Baghpat will have to do so by December 31, 2025.The deadline for the rest of the areas in the NCR is the end of 2026.

A stringent ban on the use of coal and other unapproved fuels in industries and commercial establishments came into force in Delhi-NCR with officials saying defaulting units will be closed down without any warning. However, the use of low-sulphur coal in thermal power plants is allowed, according to the central government's Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM). The ban is part of a comprehensive policy released by the CAQM in July last year. The policy lists sector-wise action plans to curb air pollution in Delhi-NCR in the next five years. Authorities have been directed to close down industries and commercial establishments using unapproved fuels, including coal, without giving them any show-cause notice. A heavy fine will be levied on the defaulting units, a CAQM official said. He said the panel had announced the ban six months ago, giving enough time to all industries to shift to cleaner fuels. The use of low-sulphur coal is also allowed in captive thermal power plants, the official clarified, saying “it could be used wherever the primary purpose is power generation.” The commission had in June issued directions to ban the use of coal in industrial, domestic and other miscellaneous applications in the entire Delhi-NCR from 01 January, 2023. Around 1.7 million tonne of coal is used annually in industrial applications in the National Capital Region (NCR), with about 1.4 million tonne being consumed in six major industrial districts alone. In a bid to reduce vehicular pollution, the Centre's air quality panel has also directed Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana to register only CNG and electric autos from 01 January, 2023 and complete the phase out of the diesel ones in the NCR by the end of 2026. The objective is that only CNG and e-autos ply in the NCR from 01 January, 2027. The NCR covers Delhi, 14 districts of Haryana, eight districts of Uttar Pradesh andtwo districts of Rajasthan. According to the CAQM's directions, diesel autos in Ghaziabad, Gautam BudhNagar, Faridabad and Gurugram will have to be moved out of service by the endof 2024. Sonepat, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Baghpat will have to do so by December 31, 2025.The deadline for the rest of the areas in the NCR is the end of 2026.

Related Stories

Gold Stories

Hi There!

Now get regular updates from CW Magazine on WhatsApp!

Click on link below, message us with a simple hi, and SAVE our number

You will have subscribed to our Construction News on Whatsapp! Enjoy

+91 86574 75330

Join us Telegram

Reach out to us

Call us at +91 8108603000 or

Schedule a Call Back