Tata Power's plan to use coal for one of its thermal generation units in city's Trombay project has met with opposition from local legislator Abu Aseem Azmi.
The unit-6 (500 MW) of the existing generation facility, which now runs on gas/oil will cause much pollution when fired by coal, claims Azmi, who represents adjoining areas.
He has urged the Union ministry of environment and forests to withhold permission to Tata and ask the company to shift the plant away from city limits.
The company dismissed Azmi's concerns.
"Our proposal includes installing appropriate pollution control equipment like electrostatic precipitators and flue gas desulfurisation to maintain emissions at the controlled level. Using these equipment will ensure that the current emission levels are maintained and don't adversely impact the environment," the company said.
All state government offices remained tightlipped on the issue.
Tata Power said that the conversion will benefit Mumbai consumers financially.
"We applied for conversion of Unit-6 to operate on multi-fuel including coal so that depending on prevailing cost of fuel, generation can be done competitively… It said that due to the fuel flexibility there will be tremendous positive benefit to the customers of Mumbai by way of reduced tariff.
"Tata Power is committed to providing clean and affordable power to its customers in Mumbai, like it has done for more than nine decades now."