63 gold pu­ri­fy­ing units sealed in Karol Bagh

Hindustan Times (Noida) - - HTMETRO -

NEW DELHI: The North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion on Fri­day sealed 63 gold pu­ri­fy­ing units run­ning il­le­gally from res­i­den­tial ar­eas in Karol Bagh.

The ac­tion was taken a week af­ter the civic agency in­spected these sites and is­sued show cause no­tices to 500 units run­ning from 103 prop­er­ties in Bead­on­pura and Re­garpura ar­eas in Karol Bagh.

“On the ba­sis of a sur­vey car­ried out ear­lier, we vis­ited 37 prop­er­ties on Fri­day. In these prop­er­ties, 63 units were found con­duct­ing busi­ness. We will con­tinue the drive on the week­end as well and seal other units. The drive has been in­ten­si­fied as the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Control Board had also asked us to take ac­tion against such units,” said Kapil Ras­togi, deputy com­mis­sioner, Karol Bagh zone.

Of­fi­cials said the work­ers were clean­ing gold by us­ing tech­niques that were hazardous to the en­vi­ron­ment .

“They had in­stalled fur­naces and were us­ing acid (ni­tric acid) to pu­rify gold. The acid is highly toxic to the en­vi­ron­ment, adds to par­tic­u­late mat­ter and causes res­pi­ra­tory problems. Many of these units were lo­cated in­side the nar­row res­i­den­tial lanes of Bead­on­pura and Re­garpura ar­eas in Karol Bagh,” said Ras­togi.

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