On Friday the Supreme Court of India dismissed as withdrawn a petition filed by the Delhi Government seeking immediate cease of operation till the time Fuel Gas Desulphurization (FGD) is not installed in certain operational thermal power plant. The plea was filed to stop those thermal plants from operating that have not installed FGD in the states of Haryana, Punjab and UP.
The plea sought quashing of direction given by the Central Pollution Control Board in October 2020 for extension of deadline to install FGD technology in the thermal power plants. It further sought to quash the directions of amendment and extension of timelines for compliance of power plants with regard to the emission norms issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
It also sought for the SPCBs and CPCB to put up the Online Continuous Emission Monitoring Data (OCEMS) in public domains for it to be monitored by general public and researchers in order to develop the operations and strategies to tackle pollution. It is argued in the plea that the 10 power plants are contributing up to 5% of the air pollution in Delhi due to the lack of FGD technology.
The bench headed by Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Subhash Reddy said that the Delhi Government has the liberty to intervene in the MC Mehta case which is dealing with the issue of air pollution in the NCR region.