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Govt spells out stricter norms for gensets to curb pollution
The Centre has notified new stringent environment standards for electricity generators running on Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)/Natural Gas (NG), Diesel with LPG/NG and Petrol with LPG/NG. This is expected to reduce pollution and noise caused by such generators in cities and towns across the country.
This the first time such standards have been notified for gensets running on LPG/NG or in combination with diesel/petrol.
"The primary aim of the new standards is to control air and noise pollution emanating from the operation of gensets. These standards will be revisited in 4-5 years once air and noise emission quality data and technological details pertaining to gensets are available", said the environment ministry in a statement.
These standards were recommended by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) after consultations with industries and other stakeholders. It will be implemented in the states by their respective State Pollution Control Boards with the help of local civic authorities.
"These standards have mandated certification for gensets in terms of 'Type approval' and 'Conformity of Production' for air emission as well as noise emission. The manufacturers are required to obtain the certification for engine products by empanelled agencies which will help in regulating the unorganised sector. This will help in curbing illegal import of gensets, which were observed to have higher air and noise emission values", said the ministry.
The draft standards were issued by the ministry in July last year for seeking views/comments of stakeholders including general public for extensive consultations. "Based on the recommendations by an expert committee, these standards have been notified by the ministry in the Gazette of India Extraordinary on March 7", said an official.
Recently, the ministry had also notified improved environmental standards for Thermal Power Plants (TPPs) and Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs), cement industries and sugar industries.
"New stringent environmental standards for all these industries will go a long way in reducing air pollution in the country", said the official.