DPCC to issue closure notices to 70 units in Patparganj Industrial Area
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) will issue closure notices to 90 industrial units and show-cause notices to at least 70 other units operating in east Delhi’s Patparganj industrial area, based on a recently concluded survey to assess the pollution norms being flouted in the area.
“An order was issued on August 14, based on which seven teams were constituted to carry out the survey. It was found that there are 819 industrial units operational in the area. Based on the findings of the teams, action will be taken in the coming weeks,” said a senior DPCC official requesting anonymity.
Officials said 404 units that functioned as godowns, offices and construction units were found in the “white category” and will not attract any action. However, showcause may be issued to nearly 70 units as they were found violating the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act.
The DPCC survey found that under the green category, where pollution is “mild” , 19 units were found to be operating without valid approvals, four had permission but were found to be flouting pollution control norms and two did not allow inspections in their premises.
Under the more severe orange category, out of a total of 73 units, officials suggested issuing showcause notices to 18 units that were flouting air and water pollution norms, and closure notices to five industries found operating without valid permissions.
Teams also suggested levying environment penalty charges on around 49 industries that were found to be contributing to air and water pollution in the area.
“Regular surveys are conducted to ensure that industries follow the prescribed norms and keep a check on illegal units. Regular reports of such inspections are also shared with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to ensure strictest action,” said another official from the DPCC.