Com­mut­ing in Gu­rurgam still a daily strug­gle for women NGT or­ders probe against il­le­gal in­dus­trial unit in Wazir­pur build­ing


GU­RU­GRAM: The con­di­tion of pub­lic trans­porta­tion in Gu­ru­gram con­tin­ues to be un­sat­is­fac­tory and un­safe for women. Ag­gres­sion and in­de­cency by male pas­sen­gers, and in­dis­ci­pline to­wards com­muters has be­come the norm of the day. Deal­ing with th­ese is­sues is a ma­jor prob­lem for Gu­ru­gram’s women.

To en­sure com­fort­able travel for women, pink au­tos were re-in­tro­duced in the city 2014. How­ever, al­most four years af­ter, the con­cept seems to find very few tak­ers.

Cit­ing lack of prof­itabil­ity, most drivers have aban­doned driv­ing pink au­tos. Ini­tially, planned to be spread across all Metro sta­tions, pink au­tos are mostly found only at MG Road and HUDA City Cen­tre.

There are also com­plaints that many auto drivers do not even hes­i­tate in let­ting male pas­sen­gers in, even when a woman is al­ready trav­el­ling.

“It has not been sus­tain­able for me to carry on with pink auto ser­vices. Over the years, there has been a drop in the num­ber of women trav­ellers,” said Ran­deep, an auto driver.

“Pink auto could have been a prof­itable con­cept in a city where there is a huge prob­lem of pub­lic trans­port. Yet, ei­ther de­lib­er­ately or due to lack of com­mon sense, this con­cept also failed,” said Rashmi Rai, a res­i­dent. NEW DELHI: The Na­tional Green Tri­bunal has di­rected the North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee to in­quire and take ac­tion against an al­leged il­le­gal build­ing run­ning in­dus­trial ac­tiv­ity in its premises in Wazir­pur here.

A bench headed by NGT Chair­per­son Jus­tice Adarsh Ku­mar Goel di­rected the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion and the pol­lu­tion mon­i­tor­ing body to look into the mat­ter and take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion in ac­cor­dance with the law.

“We di­rect the North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee to jointly look into the mat­ter and take such steps as may be found nec­es­sary in ac­cor­dance with the law. The Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee will be the nodal agency,” the bench said.

The green panel said the re­port of the steps taken be fur­nished to it on or be­fore De­cem­ber 15, 2018 by e-mail and posted the mat­ter for con­sid­er­a­tion in the last week of Jan­uary 2019.

The tri­bunal’s or­der came while hear­ing a plea filed by city res­i­dent Mohd. Salim al­leg­ing that an il­le­gal four storeyed build­ing has been con­structed in Wazir­pur.

“In its base­ment, plas­tic man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory has been in­stalled which was closed at one time but has restarted. There is also a nickel fac­tory. Used acid is dis­charged in the drains pol­lut­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. On the top floor, dye­ing of clothes is tak­ing place which is also pol­lut­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment. All th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties are with­out any li­cense or per­mis­sion,” the plea al­leged.

The tri­bunal had ear­lier or­dered clo­sure of in­dus­trial units run­ning in “non­con­form­ing” res­i­den­tial areas and slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 each on the Delhi gov­ern­ment and oth­ers for their “de­faults and in­ac­tion” to­wards vi­o­la­tion of rules.

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