- The Delhi government had approached the Supreme Court last month
- Government claims that old power plants in three neighboring states are causing pollution
- Delhi government said closing 10 power plants will reduce Delhi’s pollution
- Supreme Court orders Delhi government not to file separate petition
The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi government to withdraw the plea seeking closure of 10 thermal power plants in neighboring states. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government of the national capital told the Supreme Court last month that these 10 power plants in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are having very old technology due to which they are causing excessive pollution.
No need to file separate petition: Supreme Court
The Arvind Kejriwal government said that the pollution caused by these plants is affecting the environment of Delhi. On this petition, the Supreme Court said on Friday that there are already cases related to pollution pending before it. Therefore, the Delhi Government need not file a separate petition in this regard. There is no need to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the Central Government, the Supreme Court said. The Delhi government had also appealed for cooperation from the central government in this matter.
Demand to close these 10 power plants
Keep in mind that the thermal power plants which have been sought to be closed in the petition include four each in Punjab and Haryana and two in Uttar Pradesh.
GH TPS (Lehra Mohabbat)
Talwandi Sabo TPP
Indira Gandhi STPP
Rajiv Gandhi TPS
Delhi government’s argument
However, the Kejriwal government says that many steps are being taken to reduce the level of pollution in Delhi, which has also started showing good results. Environment Minister Gopal Rai had claimed last month that pollution in Delhi has come down significantly, but it needs more reduction. He said that shutting down the old technology thermal power plants in three neighboring states would help in improving the pollution level in Delhi.