The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has blamed “the influence of mighty patrons” for no or little action against massive wastage of water and sewage generation in about 50 clubs in the Capital.
These ‘patrons’ include top politicians, bureaucrats and business tycoons.
The DPCC had first issued notices to some of the oldest and biggest clubs a year ago for not having adequate sewage treatment facilities or even the consent to operate.
But the clubs refused to respond.
The DPCC asked the municipal corporations, power discoms and administrative officers to cut water and power supply and seal polluting units, but nothing much happened.
“But we’ve now decided not to act on a pick-andchoose basis. We have widened our crackdown from April this year. Now the local authorities are also helping us,” said DPCC chief Sandeep Mishra.
“We don’t want to hang anyone. But you must apply for consent if you are running certain facilities. These clubs must adhere to pollution-control norms within three months,” he said and added, “We started from the top when we took action against five-star hotels. We have also begun taking on independent restaurants.”
“Some of these clubs are quite rich in resources. They have been told to put in place rainwater harvesting and solar water heating systems. Some of them are even using illegal borewells,” said a DPCC inspection staff.
But former central pollution control board official and now an environmentalist, Mahendra Pandey, said, “DPCC was constituted to control pollution but it failed miserably. It’s no secret people can do without the consent to establish and operate (such clubs) and often the consent is not granted on merit.”
In April, HT had reported how 35 luxury hotels were wasting power and water sufficient for a large part of the Capital.
They were also generating sewage equal to that generated by a locality the size of Rajouri Garden as many of them did not have adequate sewage treatment facilities.