The Yelahanka plant has for long been a bitter pill for residents around it — whether as a diesel-based plant or a gas-based one. And though the project has neared the finish line, opposition continues.
In 2013, there were talks of closure of the diesel-based plant after the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board issued a notice alleging violation of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
Simmi Kumar, resident, Heritage Estate Apartment, whose residents have filed a case with the National Green Tribunal, Chennai, said their ordeal had not ended with conversion of the diesel plant. “With the diesel plant, the smoke would come into my balcony. They say the gas-based plant is non-polluting. But we are at a constant risk. Even if one gas storage chamber goes out of order, we are exposed,” she said.
The residents are also anxious about the impact of the plant on the Puttenahalli lake and the bird reserve.
Sharachchandra Lele, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE, said though a gas-based plant is cleaner than the earlier technology, a major concern is availability of water.
“The Jakkur lake is dependent on treated water. The fear is that the power plant will use up all the treated water from the STP meant for the lake. In the absence of any clarity or impact analysis, there is concern,” he said.
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