NTPC Simhadri installs new stations to monitor air quality

Santosh Patnaik
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D.K. Sood
D.K. Sood

NTPC Simhadri Super Thermal Power Project has installed three automatic ambient air quality monitoring stations at Pittavanipalem, Dasaripeta and Devada. The new stations were set up for protection of the environment in addition to three old ones. Ambient air quality parameters are displayed to the public from the plant main gate.

General Manager In-charge of Simhadri D.K. Sood told The Hindu that ammonia dozing was being done for flue gas conditioning to further improve the stack emission.

He said water sprinklers were being deployed for controlling fugitive dust provided in ash dyke and water spraying done on haul roads through tankers to control fugitive dust during vehicle movement. He said soil carpeting had been completed at the project site at Parawada to control dust on the village side. NTPC Simhadri, which achieved a full capacity of 2,000 MW with the fourth unit of 500 MW becoming commercially fit on September 30, received the prestigious JICA (Japan International Cooperative Agency) President’s Award.

“This is an international recognition for contribution in discharging social responsibilities, maintaining good environment and plant management,” Mr. Sood said.Simhadri station was rated as the best based upon ex-post evaluation in areas of relevance, sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness. Simhadri during the year received safety innovation award from Institution of Engineers (India) and Greentech Safety Award-Gold.

CSR initiatives

Speaking on corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, he said they had conducted a survey by GITAM University to assess the needs of the stakeholders. The company is extending education support to meritorious students with scholarships and recently selected 77 local youth training in various vocations for their skill upgradation at ITI, Gajuwaka. Fish platforms with sheds were constructed at Mutyalammapalem, Tikkavanipalem and Dibbapalem. Protected drinking water supply completed in 27 villages covering a population of 35,000.

Roads are being laid in four villages after building schools at five places.

  • Water sprinklers are being deployed for controlling fugitive dust provided in ash dyke

  • Ammonia dozing is being done for flue gas conditioning

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