Shy of public scru­tiny

Down to Earth - - COVER STORY -

PAR­TIC­I­PA­TION BY the coal-based ther­mal power sec­tor in the Green Rat­ing Project (GRP) was low, partly be­cause a num­ber of plants run by Cen­tral gov­ern­ment-owned com­pa­nies re­fused to par­tic­i­pate. NTPC, the lead­ing player, was the chief cul­prit with none of its six plants in the sam­ple agree­ing to pro­vide data. The gen­er­a­tion-re­lated in­for­ma­tion was sought un­der the RTI Act from the six NTPC plants, but all de­clined the re­quest cit­ing con­fi­den­tial­ity and com­pe­ti­tion­sen­si­tive data. The Cen­tral Elec­tric­ity Author­ity, the gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tor, asks all power plants to sub­mit key gen­er­a­tion-re­lated data. NTPC has re­fused to al­low even the reg­u­la­tor to pub­lish ef­fi­ciency data re­lated to it. GRP did gather in­for­ma­tion from the reg­u­la­tory bod­ies and lo­cal com­mu­nity and me­dia. It found the NTPC plants to be heav­ily pol­lut­ing and fac­ing nu­mer­ous com­plaints.

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