MoEFCC revises fly ash notification

Fly ash to be given free of cost for agricultural and construction purposes says MoEFCC official at CSE conference

By Anupam Chakravartty
Last Updated: Monday 21 March 2016

Switching to super critical technologies for thermal power will increase fly ash generation, say experts (CSE)

Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has revised norms for fly ash usage and disposal by granting permission to use it for agriculture. The ministry has also made it mandatory for power plants to give fly ash free of cost to users within 300-kilometre-radius. According to a Sanchita Jindal, director of MoEFCC, who was attending an international conference on coal power plants organised by Delhi based non-profit, Centre for Science and Environment, said that the new norms will effectively address the utilisation of fly ash.

According to MoEFCC, the fly ash utilisation in the country was 57.63 per cent in 2014 as against 13.51 per cent in 1999. According to Vimal Kumar of Centre for Fly Ash Research and Management, a research bodies under the Department of Science and Technology, fly ash regulations have been pending for a long time. “About 20,000 hectares of land resources can be saved annually by effectively utilisation of fly ash in India,” he says. 

Jindal said that the notification makes it mandatory for cement industries, within radius of 300 kilometers of a coal or lignite based thermal power plant, to use fly ash for manufacture of the cement as per the specifications of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The cost of transportation of fly ash is to be borne collectively by the thermal power plant and the industry concerned.

Further, she added that every construction agency engaged in construction of roads within a radius of 300 kilometers from a coal or lignite based thermal power plant would be bound to use fly ash in accordance with the guidelines or specifications issued by the Indian Road Congress.

Kumar who says that productivity of agriculture increases with fly ash has welcomed the move. “We have conducted several experiments with the agricultural universities who found that fly ash from thermal power plants have effectively increased yield of some crops,” he says. The scientist also added that with India’s switch to super critical technologies for thermal power, the quantum of fly ash generated would quadruple.

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  • Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has revised norms for fly ash usage

    Posted by: GIRIVAR | 3 years ago | Reply
  • The thermal power units should provide c grade fly ash to fly ash brick units free of transportation cost.
    (ii)The Govt should make buy back arrangements of bricks located in rural areas for govt.civil works
    (iii)The electricity department may take steps for immediate energisation of the up coming units.
    (iv Such entrepreneures who are installing fly ash brick units to avoid delay at bank livel should be given subsidy after through check up.

    Posted by: A.C. Mohapatra | 3 years ago | Reply
  • there is several millions of tons of pond ash has been dumped and every day it keeps on adding and not been used. i am a civil engineer and entrepreneur from bangalore karnataka i have started light weight blocks or foam concrete blocks by using pond ash from past 4 years which is giving good results on block properties in comparison with all light weight blocks in usage, long term durability.
    as in govt notification it has to be given at free of cost, free transportation, exemption on excise duty and subsidy where all these can be approached or applied is there a proper channel or concern department, so far i did not find any path because i have fool proof concept or technology which i can scale it up production to produce and supply at conventional brick prices and also i can transfer my knowledge as turnkey basis to convert conventional blocks production to light weight pond ash blocks at least fifty percent.

    Nadavi Sridhar
    Ahanth Enterprises

    Posted by: Sridhar | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Can you give the notification number and date of the new rule. as many cement factories within 300 km range of thermal powers are not utilising fly ash for manufacturing cement in west bengal.

    Posted by: Subhranil Maity | 3 years ago | Reply
  • 1. the govt. should provide electricity bill subsidy for manufactring units
    2.The Govt should make buy back arrangements of bricks located in rural and urban areas for pvt. govt.civil works

    Posted by: Shiv Fly Ash Bricks Industrues/ajay Kumar Jain | 3 years ago | Reply
  • sir please make new modified for fly ash users distance from 300 kms to 500 kms so fly ash utiliastion will increase definitely

    Posted by: Ronil Harshad Sheth | 3 years ago | Reply