Maharashtra Becomes First Indian State To Adopt Fly Ash Utilization Policy
Before demonetisation grabbed the headlines the subject for debate not just in Delhi bout all over North India was pollution. The alarming rise in particulate matter and the stifling blanket of smog which hung over the national capital for several days set in motion a chain of events aimed at curbing air pollution. An administration so far in slumber, suddenly woke up and put in place stringent measures- from shutting down schools to putting a ban on construction in and around Delhi. This led to various other states taking into account available alternatives to cope with the rising pollution.
The first step towards using environment-friendly materials for construction has been taken by Maharshtra Government. In a recently concluded weekly state cabinet meeting, chaired by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra a decision has been taken to adopt the Fly Ash Utilization Policy. Fly Ash is the by-product of pulverised coal combustion in thermal power plant.
These are very light particles and become airborne. The Fly Ash Utilization Policy states that:
- All the coal or lignite based thermal power plants shall ensure the 100 per centutilization of ash in the construction of road.
- The ash would also be used in the production of bricks and other construction material, besides helping in setting up of ash based construction material production unit within its vicinity.
- The use of fly ash is to be increased to a radius of 300 km. The thermal plants would use the ash in the construction of roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
- The ash is to be used in soil conditioning for improving its quality which would help in increasing the crop yield, within the radius of 300 km.
- The above points would not only ensure environment-friendly construction but also lead to a reduction of pollution, as dry fly ash, is a major air pollutant.
Last Updated: Thu Nov 24 2016