Raipur, 30 May-2014, TNN: In an effort to find ways to reduce pollution caused by fly ash, generated at the thermal power stations in Chhattisgarh, by using it for constructive purposes, the Corporate Social Services India (CSRINDIA) is organising a national conference in Raipur on June 11.
National conference on alternate uses of fly ash to be held in Raipur
Leading industrialists and entrepreneurs from the country and experts in alternative uses of fly ash are likely to participate in the conference. According to Rusen Kumar, Director CSR India, the aim of organising the conference is to provide a forum for fly ash producers and prospective consumers along with policy makers and stakeholders to discuss opportunities for maximum utilisation of fly ash.
The conference is also likely to focus on the thermal power plants in the state, where there is an urgent need to tackle fly ash, a major cause of air pollution. It is widely perceived that if the state fails to use and effectively manage the fly ash generated at these projects, it’s only a matter of time theta the Chhattisgarh would be a “fly ash hub”.
The consequences for such a scenario could be disastrous, as the entire atmosphere would be filled with black smoke, leading to the occurrence of numerous fatal diseases & water scarcity.
It is widely known that the residue generated at the thermal power stations create major environmental hazards. Experts’ say that it is not only causing air pollution, but also contaminate the groundwater. However, it’s effective management not only reduces environmental pollution, but also recycles and reuses the same to recover some valuable resources.
According to information, about Rs 2 lakh crore is likely to be invested in Chhattisgarh in various thermal plants in the next five years to generate approximately 40,000 MW of additional power. Experts estimate that that these projects, once fully functional, could generate a total of 4 crore tonnes of ash, besides emitting 11 crore tonnes of carbon dioxide. Managing the same effectively thus becomes a huge task, say experts.
Fly ash can be used to manufacture fly ash bricks, mosaic tiles and hollow blocks, besides other usages.