Objecting to Tata Power’s plans to convert its oil and gas-fired unit 6 at Trombay plant here to a coal-run plant, the Shiv Sena today claimed it would create pollution and become a health hazard for nearby suburbs.

The company rejected the allegation, and claimed that proposed “modernisation” will in fact allow the plant to be run on low-sulphur, low-ash imported coal.

Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai claimed here this evening that conversion of 500 mw unit at Trombay from oil to coal will create more pollution in Chembur, Deonar and Turbhe.

The company, in a statement, said: “We are committed to environment conservation. The proposed modernisation will allow the plant to be run on low-sulphur low-ash imported coal, thereby remaining within prescribed limits of emissions.”

“At the Trombay thermal power station, environment management is one of the key focus areas....ensured through emission controls, fuel controls, efficiency and heat rate improvement and stringent monitoring of ambient air quality.”

Tata Power said that environmental impact assessment study had been carried out as per the terms of reference approved by the Union Environment Ministry, and Tata Consulting Engineers was an independent agency approved and accredited by the Quality Council of India for such studies.

(This article was published on January 10, 2013)
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