Independent Thermal Power Producers (IPPs) have been asked to supply fly ash free of cost to brick manufacturing units situated within 25 km of their location.

The direction aimed at increasing fly ash utilization in brick manufacturing was taken up close on the heels of the stipulation making use of 100 per cent fly ash bricks mandatory in all government buildings within 100 km of fly ash generating units.

The IPPs have also been asked to claim value added tax reimbursement of 75 per cent for a period of five years as per Micro Small and Medium Enterprise policy of the State.

At present generation capacity of thermal power in Odisha is about 11400 mw and new power plants of about 38,000 mw capacity are in different stages of construction and clearances. With the commissioning of new power plants, the generation of fly ash in the State is bound to increase manifold in near future.

According to Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB), since the power grade coal in Odisha contains high percentage of silica, the quantity of fly ash generated by thermal power plants in the State is better.

The average generation of fly ash in the State has been estimated between seven and nine tonnes per mw and about 24 million tonnes of fly ash is being generated every year. Every thermal power plant, as per Ministry of Environment and Forest guideline, is required to achieve 100 per cent utilization within five years of its operation.

The present fly ash utilization in the State is about 55 per cent, against 27.4 per cent in the year 2000-01.