'Delhi Civic Bodies Unlawfully Granting Licences To Industrial Units'
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has accused civic authorities of allowing industries to operate in residential areas of the national capital without mandatory clearances. It has now issued a notification barring them from granting any licenses or water and power connections to industrial units, in residential as well as approved areas, not having the 'Consent to Establish' from the environment department.
The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had recently warned that it might seal such illegal units if the authorities did not act immediately.
In the notification, the DPCC observed that industries or units in approved industrial areas and also in residential and non-conforming areas were operating without obtaining clearances from the DPCC.
"The root cause of the problem is that the municipal corporations/local bodies concerned and electricity and water supply/sewer connections, excise license from the agencies concerned (i.e discoms and Delhi Jal Board) without seeking Consent to Establish/Consent to Operate under the Air and Water Acts from the DPCC," it said.
The EPCA had recently sought to know the total number of such industrial units operating in Delhi, but the DPCC and the municipal agencies failed to respond and sought to pass the buck to one other.
Earlier, during a meeting with Lt Governor Anil Baijal on December 7, EPCA Chairperson Bhure Lal had raised the issue of air pollution caused by industries running at Badli, Bawana, Narela and the DTU areas. The EPCA informed Baijal that most of these industries were burning waste, and there were approximately 10,000 rubber units which were in operation and needed to be checked.
With inputs from Housing News