Current laws inadequate to deal with decommissioning of industries thermal power plants: Report

Updated: Oct 12 2022 7:50PM

New Delhi, Oct 12 (PTI) India's current environmental, land and labour laws are inadequate to deal with decommissioning of industries, and thermal power plants (TPPs), says a new study by non-profit environmental research organisation iFOREST.  

Chandra Bhushan, CEO of iFOREST, said, "If the Ministry of Power's advisory to retire coal-based generation units of over 25 years of age is implemented, then as much as 50,000-60,000 MW capacity will have to retire by 2030. Therefore, it is important to ask if the country is prepared to decommission such large capacities and ensure a just outcome for the environment, labour and dependent communities." 

A just transition means that the plant site is fully remediated, the workforce is compensated or reemployed, the economic loss of dependent communities is compensated, and new economic opportunities and environmental outcomes are created for communities to benefit from.