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World’s Worst Air Spurs Modi’s $25 Billion Utility Clean-Up Push

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Barely 16 miles from central Delhi, a 40-year-old coal-fired power plant run by NTPC Ltd. stands testament to the bargain struck by India’s capital city: The world’s dirtiest air for electricity.

The state-owned utility is now seeking to cut emissions across its facilities in India, starting with its oldest -- the one in Delhi. NTPC plans to spend 12 billion rupees ($189 million) annually on technology upgrades, a company official said, asking not to identified as the person isn’t authorized to speak on the subject.