Coal India is hoping to increase fuel stocks at power plants to the prescribed level of 22 days, which requires 36 million tonnes to be stored at generating stations, a company executive said.
The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report on the environmental impact due to mining activities and mitigation measures at Coal India Limited (CIL) and its subsidiaries, has found several discrepancies.
Six of the seven coal producing subsidiaries of the world’s largest miner CIL did not devise a policy as mandated by the environment ministry, according to a CAG report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.
The parliamentary standing committee on coal and steel said that the issue of high-operating costs of coal mines run by the PSUs requires the Union coal ministry’s “serious consideration”.
The current round of coal block auction for the non-regulated sector is likely to fetch four states about Rs 43,000 crore over the life of the mines from the extractable reserves, analysts said.power plants resulted in 85,000-1.15 lakh premature deaths between 2011-12.
Air quality in the capital deteriorated to “very poor” level on Sunday from “poor” a day before, with experts warning that the city could again suffer “severe” air quality by Tuesday due to a rise in the share of pollutants from stubble burning in neighbouring states, falling temperatures and calm nighttime conditions.
The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Himachal Pradesh for operationalising the 40 MW hydropower generation plant at Baggi in the state.
The Supreme Court-mandated anti-pollution authority EPCA on Saturday said dirty fuel-based industries in Delhi and its suburbs will remain shut till November 11. EPCA The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority also extended the ban on hot-mix plants and stone-crushers in Delhi-NCR till November 11.
"Delhi has seen this problem of air pollution and smog and the air quality gets worse around November. And, stubble-burning has been a major issue. So, we are looking into ways to bring an innovative technology to address this issue," Gautam Bhattacharyya, Deputy Head of Mission at Swedish Embassy here, said.
Road transport ministry seeks progress report on steps initiated to promote electric vehicles in Chandigarh
The ministry of road transport and highways has asked Chandigarh administration to submit progress report on the steps taken to promote electric vehicles in city. Earlier in August the ministry had asked the Union territory (UT) administration to initiate steps but now the they have sought progress report, a senior UT official said.