May Seal Industrial Units Illegally Operating In Delhi's Residential Areas: EPCA
A Supreme Court-appointed green panel on December 21 rapped the municipal corporations of the city and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) over industrial units "illegally" operating in residential areas of Delhi. Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority Chairman Bhure Lal raised the matter during a meeting, and demanded to know the number of such units. However, officials of the DPCC, the civic bodies and the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation who were present at the meeting failed to come up with convincing answers.
This invited the ire of the EPCA chief who sought a list of such illegal units and warned that, if required, the SC-mandated panel would not hesitate to "seal" them. He said there were hundreds of illegal units manufacturing rubber products at west Delhi's Shadipur.
During a meeting with Lt-Governor Anil Baijal on December 7, Lal had raised the issue of air pollution caused by industries running at Badli, Bawana, Narela and (Delhi Technical University) 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.
The L-G was also informed about dust pollution at outer Delhi's Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar due to lack of carpeting and pavements, an issue which figured in the EPCA meeting as well.
The EPCA also reviewed the status of action taken by various agencies, including the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the Public Works Department and the Delhi Traffic Police, in controlling pollution at Anand Vihar and the DTU areas.
Lal instructed the DPCC to intensify patrolling at the DTU to prevent frequent open-burning of waste by sending its own teams instead of outsourcing the work to private contractors.
With inputs from Housing News