The National Green Tribunal today directed the Centre and the governments of five northern states to come up with definitive workable solutions to stop stubble burning, including using crop residue in power plants.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh governments to convene a meeting on November 28 to work out a clear mechanism on transportation and use of stubble as fuel in power plants.
It directed that this meeting would be attended by the secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Energy and Energy, principal secretaries in Ministry of Agriculture of the respective states, senior scientist from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Managing Director of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd and CMD of NTPC and proper technical staff.
During the hearing, the NTPC told the bench that it was willing to use crop residue in pellet form in its power plants with permissible moisture content as it would not be possible to use the residue directly as a source for fuel in these plants.
The minutes of the meeting should be submitted to the NGT before December 6 without default and delay, bench said.
The NTPC, in its submissions, said in the six power plants located in North India, the demand for the thermal plants would be 8,000 to 15,000 metric tonnes per day.
The NGT was hearing a plea by environmentalist who had sought a ban on burning of agricultural waste and remnants in open fields.