Oversight committee report on Super Thermal Power Plant, Sipat, Bilaspur district, Chhattisgarh, 05/03/2021

  • 05/03/2021

Report of the Oversight Committee report in Original Application No 459/2018 in the matter of Rashmi Singh Vs National Thermal Power Corporation in compliance of the National Green Tribunal order August 20, 2020.

The report was on the Super Thermal Power Plant of NTPC Limited, village Sipat, tehsil Masturi, district Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh.  The EC for stage I and Stage II was granted in 1999 and 2004 respectively with subsequent amendment thereon. The applicant has challenged the compliance of EC conditions.

The Oversight Committee report said that as per EC condition mechanism for an in-built continuous monitoring of radioactivity and heavy metals in coal and fly ash (including bottom ash) shall be put in place. In this context NTPC has informed that there were no technology/instruments available for in-built continuous monitoring of radioactivity and heavy metals in coal and fly ash (including bottom ash). As and when technology/ instruments is available then NTPC would install the same.

The Central Pollution Control Board has issued direction to M/s Sipat Super Thermal Power Station, Bilaspur December 11, 2017 regarding compliance of emission limit. M/s Sipat Super Thermal Power Station was directed to install FGD in unit 1 and 2 by December 31, 2022 and Unit 3, 4 and 5 by December 31, 2021 so as to comply with SO2 emission limit. In the above context M/s Sipat Super Thermal Power Station, NTPC Ltd has informed in its reply submitted to the Oversight committee that work order for FGD installation has been awarded for the Stage-I unit (3x660MW). Completion schedule submitted by NTPC for unit 1 and 3 is November 2021 and for Unit 2 is February 2022. Stage II (2x500 MW) units proposal for installation of FGD is under tendering stage.