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Coal washing not mandatory for supply to thermal plants: Environment min

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Five years after the government, in laying down its climate-change targets, committed to have mandatory coal washing, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has done away with it.


In a gazette notification on Thursday, the ministry amended the Environment Protection Act to drop mandatorily washing coal for supply to thermal power plants.

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“Use of coal by Thermal Power Plants, without stipulations as regards ash content or distance shall be permitted,” said the gazette notification.


Business Standard has reviewed the gazette notification. In 2015, as part of its climate-change commitments, the government had made coal washing mandatory for supply to all thermal units more than 500 km from the coal mine.


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This was in keeping with India’s stand to not reduce coal consumption but rather focus on emission control.


The ministry, in its guidelines issued the same year, said “power stations located 500-750 km, 750-1,000 km would be supplied coal with ash content not exceeding 34 per cent on a quarterly average basis w.e.f January 01, 2016”. It asked the coal companies to supply washed/blended or beneficiated coal.


The move to abolish coal washing has come barely 15 days after the ministry issued a draft note for stakeholders to submit their views on this.

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The gazette notification cited the ministry, which said speedy legislative action was needed in wake of the pandemic. “(The) ministry has represented that in view of the existing unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic …, it is desirable to issue the notification at the earliest,” said the notification.


The ministry is of the view that the requirement of maintaining an average ash content of 34 per cent prompts industries to import, resulting in an outflow of foreign exchange.

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The ministry in a separate policy proposal has asked the thermal power sector to source coal domestically.


This paper had reported the ministry had proposed doing away with coal washing because it did not bring down the ash content in coal.


According to industry calculations, washing improves the quality of coal by reducing ash content to 33-34 per cent from the earlier 40-45 in average Indian coal.

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The ministry has instead directed thermal power plants to install the technology for handling ash content.


Earlier the ministry had advocated pollution-control technologies such as Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) at the end of power generation units. Several industry executives had contested it, saying it was not an alternative to coal washing.

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FGD at thermal stations is mandatory under the new emission control norms, 2015. A report by the Centre for Science & Environment (CSE) recently said 70 per cent of India’s coal-powered capacity would miss the FGD deadline of 2022.


The coal-washing industry is up in arms against the notification. Several representatives said the ministry did not acknowledge their response to the earlier draft note contesting the decision.


“As stakeholders in the coal washing industry, we had submitted our contentions to the MoEFFC. Neither physical nor emailed copies of our views were acknowledged by the ministry,” said an executive not wanting to be named.

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The thermal power would also be mandated to comply with ash utilisation notifications issued by the ministry and also install appropriate technology solutions to optimise water consumption for ash management,” said the gazette.


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During 2019-20 (first half), of 105 coal based units monitored by the government, only 39 had 100 per cent ash utilisation at their end, according to data by Central Electricity Authority. Medical councils globally consider fly ash as a health hazard leading to severe lung and breathing diseases.

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NIFTY scales new heights, expect Sensex to follow this time around

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Last week, the markets remained volatile but continued their upward trend, with NIFTY hitting a new high each trading session. BSESENSEX is close to surpassing its previous high, while NIFTY is expected to set a new high on Monday or Tuesday.

BSESENSEX closed the week gaining 716.16 points, and NIFTY gained 172 points. The broader markets also saw gains across different indices. While markets saw gains on three sessions, they faced losses on two days. The Indian Rupee also saw a slight gain against the US Dollar.

Vibhor Steel Tubes Limited had a remarkable debut on the bourses, listing at a gain of 178.80 percent and closing at a gain of 192.71 percent. Juniper Hotels Limited’s IPO received a lukewarm response despite being subscribed 2.07 times overall. Exicom Tele-Systems Limited is set to launch its IPO, offering power management solutions and EV chargers.

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Bharat Highways Invit is set to launch an issue for fixed income investors, with units to be issued in a band of Rs 98-100. The INVIT will have initial assets from G.R. Infraprojects Limited’s HAM model, offering an attractive income yield. February futures are set to expire on February 29 amid a bullish market trend.

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TN CM lays foundation stone for VinFast's Rs 4,000-cr EV factory

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin laid the foundation stone for VinFast group’s EV plant in Tuticorin. VinFast Auto India Ltd will invest Rs 4,000 crore in the first phase out of the planned Rs 16,000 crore investment, making Tamil Nadu the country’s EV Capital.

The plant, spread across 380 acres, will have a capacity to roll out 1,50,000 vehicles per annum. Industries Minister T.R.B. Rajaa mentioned that Tamil Nadu is already a hub for electric vehicle production in India.

Stalin distributed compensation for flood victims and criticized the central government for not providing support. Despite roadblocks, the state government has been successful in achieving its objectives and attracting investments for the state.

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Since taking office in 2021, Stalin has prioritized garnering investments for Tamil Nadu. The DMK-led government’s focus on the welfare of the people has been evident in its policies and programs.

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Aadhaar, Jan Dhan giving big push to digital India ecosystem: Instamojo's CEO

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New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) As the government accelerates its digital journey, Instamojo’s CEO Sampad Swain highlighted the impact of Aadhaar and Jan Dhan Yojana on India’s digital ecosystem. Swain emphasized on the opportunities created in the last few years, including the JAM Trinity, availability of credit, and the role of social media for small business owners.

Instamojo, a D2C tech company, provides online stores and payment solutions for e-commerce brands and startups. Despite facing a setback last year when RBI returned their license application, Swain remains optimistic and stated that they are preparing to reapply by September, with a focus on data security and compliance with regulations.

In FY2023, Instamojo reported significant profits and steady growth in its customer base, currently serving over 3 million small business owners on its platform. Swain expressed confidence in the company’s continued success, projecting a profitable year in 2024.

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The CEO highlighted the importance of adapting to regulatory requirements and maintaining a strong customer base in the competitive digital market. Instamojo’s focus on empowering small businesses with online tools and payment solutions has contributed to its growth and success in the evolving digital landscape.

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