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To: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Minister Kapil Sharma, and the Delhi Government

SHUT DOWN HIGHLY POLLUTING BADARPUR THERMAL POWER PLANT

Shut down the outdated and highly polluting Badarpur power plant immediately.

Why is this important?

This is an emergency — Delhi’s air pollution is 16 times higher than the safe limit prescribed by the Government! 3000 children die due to air pollution each year in Delhi. Air pollution disproportionately impacts the health of infants and children and we need to act now for the future of India’s children.

The Delhi Government publicly committed to shutting down the Badarpur Thermal Power Plant in 20153, but instead of following-through, they will only shut it down for 10 days. With the Delhi Government and Ministers like Kapil Mishra seeking citizens’ opinions on how to address air pollution, this is the perfect opportunity for us to ensure Delhi’s future is not one covered with face masks and air purifiers.

Sign the petition telling Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Delhi Government to permanently shut down the outdated and polluting Badarpur power plant immediately.

While there are many reasons for the smog that has overtaken our capital, Badarpur Power Plant is one of the most persistent ones. In 2015, a study showed that the Badarpur plant is the most polluting power plant in the country.

It was also found to contribute 80-90% of particulate matter, SO2 and NO (i.e. dangerous pollutants) from the energy sector in the region! It barely supplies 7% of the electricity needs of the NCR region and its power costs more than that generated by other plants. Unfortunately, the power plant will shut only for 10 days.

By shutting the power plant temporarily, the Delhi government is publicly admitting to the fact that pollution from this plant plays a big role in the air quality in Delhi. Even the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had issued a directive to curb pollution from this plant.

This provides us with the perfect opportunity to weigh in on this matter. If thousands of us sign this petition asking for the permanent closure of the Badarpur power plant, backed by the facts and the NGT directive, we will demonstrate strong public support for this to happen.

Please sign and share this petition and ask the Delhi Government to take immediate action and shut down this polluting power plant!

Sources:

1. Indian Government declares Delhi air pollution and emergency, 6th November 2016, The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/06/delhi-air-pollution-closes-schools-for-three-days

2. India’s air pollution emergency, 13th February 2014, The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/opinion/indias-air-pollution-emergency.html?_r=0

3. AAP government to take a call on Badarpur power plant closure date, 31st December 2015, DNA India
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-aap-govt-to-take-a-call-on-badarpur-power-plant-closure-date-2160866

4. The Badarpur Plant’s effect on Air Pollution and why it needs to be shut down, The Economic Times Clean the Air campaign
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/the-badarpur-plants-effect-on-air-pollution-and-why-it-needs-to-be-shut-down/changetheair_show/53669369.cms

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Updates

2017-05-02 11:44:53 +0530

17 March, 2017: The Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority, which was appointed by the Supreme Court, has given a nod to the reopening of the highly Badarpur Thermal Power Plant. But this plant will be functional upto July 2018 till the Tughlakabad sub-station is ready to power South Delhi.