India’s Supreme Court rejected a request by power producers to extend a deadline to install equipment’s to cut emissions by two years to 2024, according to an order uploaded on the court’s website late on Monday. India has a phased plan for plants to comply with emissions standards, which involve installing Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) units that cut emissions of sulphur-dioxide – known to cause lung diseases.

More than half of India’s coal-fired power plants ordered to retrofit equipment to curb sulphur- oxide emissions are set to miss deadlines which go up to the end of 2022. “We are not inclined to allow the prayer made in the application,” India’s Supreme Court said in the order.

(By – Anupama Soumya)