Supreme Court bans use of Pet Coke, furnace oil in Delhi-NCR

Annual demand for the fuel, which is more energy efficient than coal, has nearly doubled over the past four years to more than 27 million tonnes.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday banned the use of pet coke and furnace oil by industries in Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in a bid to reduce air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region.

The court also slapped a cost of Rs 2 lakh on the central government for failing to come up with emission norms governing 35 hazardous industries such as fertilizers and manufacturing of nitric acid.

Pet coke and furnace oil, banned in Delhi since 1996, have been blamed for releasing deadly sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide fumes into the air and polluting the air.

The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had in its 72nd report identified these two fuels as a major source of pollution in the NCR. Pet coke emissions are estimated at 72,000 ppm and that from furnace oil 23,000 ppm, according to EPCA.

The top court had earlier sought the views of the three NCR state governments on the proposal to ban these fuels. On Tuesday, a two-judge bench, comprising justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, imposed the ban on distribution, sale and use of the two fuels.

Source:- Economic Times

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