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“Fly Ash Utilisation Policy”- A kind of Best out of waste Policy: Maharashtra

Maharashtra has become the first state to adopt Fly Ash Utilisation Policy, paving way for prosperity by generating “wealth from waste”, and environment protection.

“Maharashtra Cabinet approves a policy for 100 per cent use of fly ash generated from thermal power plants and biogas plants for construction activities“.

  • This fly ash will be used to make bricks, blocks, tiles, wall panels, cement and other construction materials.
  • It will save soil excavation and protect environment.
  • Earlier, use of fly ash was allowed within 100 kms radius of power plant, now it has been extended to 300 kms, the official said.
  • The policy will create new employment opportunities in the power plant areas and also make available raw material for construction at low cost to help ‘Housing for All’ projects.
  • Fly ash is a fine, glass powder by-product recovered from gases of burning coal in thermal power plants during production of electricity. They are micron sized earth elements primarily consisting silica, alumina and iron.
  • The Fly ash causes air pollution, contaminate water and soil systems.
  • Recyclable Uses Fly ash can be used as a replacement for some of the Portland cement contents of concrete. It can be used in the production of bricks for building construction. Central Government has made it mandatory for use of fly ash bricks in construction activities happening 500km around thermal power plants.

Source: Business Standard

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