NTPC plans to utilise the farm residue for power generation in its coal-fired power plants. Crop burning is one of the leading causes of air pollution in the Capital.
Even as hapless citizens watch state governments shift blame for the national capital’s poor air quality, NTPC is moving ahead with its plans to play its role of a good corporate citizen in salvaging the situation. The company Tuesday floated a tender to buy plant and machinery to convert farm waste into pellets that will ultimately be blended with coal to produce power.
The floating of the tender by the start-owned power generator hasn’t come a day soon, coming as it does when the air quality in Delhi has worsened over the years, with the level of cancer-causing pollutants reaching alarming levels last month. Burning of stubble in Punjab and Haryana is mostly blamed for the air pollution in Delhi in winters.
Doctors and environmental experts have repeatedly warned that breathing the Delhi air on such days is extremely harmful to health and could result in lung cancer and other diseases. While the states have taken half-hearted steps to prevent farmers from burning the stubble, the farmers have mostly ignored those diktats, seeking financial incentives to stop the activity.