Power plants in Singrauli-Sonebhadra region fail to manage ash: Analysis

Three instances of fly-ash breaches from power plants in Singrauli-Sonebhadra — spread across parts of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Madhya Pradesh (MP) — within a year, have raised concerns over coal power plants struggling to manage unused ash, leading to frequent ash breach incidents and its piling up in the region.

The most recent fly-ash breach occurred at the Sasan Ultra Mega Power Plant (owned by Reliance Power) on April 10, 2020, that resulted in the death of two individuals and the spread of the toxic material to an area of six kilometres, destroying nearby agricultural fields.

Last year, similar incidences of an ash dyke breach occurred at the Essar Mahan Power Plant and NTPC Vindhyachal plant located in the same region.

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