DPCC asks civic bod­ies to shut il­le­gal in­dus­tries

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: The Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee (DPCC) has di­rected the north and south cor­po­ra­tions to shut down over 199 ‘unau­tho­rised and il­le­gally op­er­at­ing’ fac­to­ries in parts of Old Delhi af­ter the Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB) had re­ceived a com­plaint that such units were not just op­er­at­ing with­out req­ui­site per­mis­sions but were also caus­ing pol­lu­tion and af­fect­ing the health of res­i­dents in the area.

DPCC has also asked the civic bod­ies to take ac­tion against other such units, which are found to be op­er­at­ing in non-con­form­ing ar­eas.

Based on CPCB’s di­rec­tions, DPCC had in July had car­ried out an in­spec­tion in ar­eas of Old Delhi that in­cluded Darya­ganj, Jama Masjid, Sita Ram Bazaar and Turk­man Gate and iden­ti­fied 199 units which were in vi­o­la­tion of the norms. DPCC has now writ­ten to both civic bod­ies, ask­ing them to take ac­tion against these units and oth­ers that are found op­er­at­ing in non-con­form­ing zones.

“The Delhi Master Plan clearly states that in­dus­tries are only per­mit­ted in des­ig­nated ar­eas — mainly in­dus­trial ar­eas/es­tates and re­de­vel­op­ment ar­eas. An in­dus­try op­er­at­ing be­yond these ar­eas are patently il­le­gal, ir­re­spec­tive of whether they are pol­lut­ing or not. There­fore, an ex­am­i­na­tion by DPCC to as­cer­tain whether these in­dus­tries are pol­lut­ing is not only a re­dun­dant ex­er­cise but a vi­o­la­tion of Delhi Master Plan as well.” DPCC’s let­ter to the cor­po­ra­tion stated.

The let­ter, which was is­sued on Au­gust 28, also pointed out that DPCC had not is­sued ‘con­sent to op­er­ate’ to any man­u­fac­tur­ing unit in the ar­eas men­tioned in the com­plaint.

The di­rec­tions were is­sued days af­ter the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal took suo-moto cog­ni­sance of a TOI re­port that stated that there were 51,837 in­dus­tries in the cap­i­tal, which were run­ning in res­i­den­tial ar­eas with­out req­ui­site ap­proval. The in­dus­tries had been iden­ti­fied by the DSIIDC, the re­port stated.

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