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NGT tells central pollution body to check status of 51,837 industries

The green panel asked the apex pollution monitoring body to form a two member committee to look into the entire matter and take appropriate action in accordance with law.

delhi Updated: Aug 27, 2018 04:17 IST
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The order came after report published in an English daily alleging that thousands of polluting industries are being brazenly run in the city right under the nose of the authorities. (Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to constitute a committee to enquire about the status of 51,837 industries in the national capital which are running in residential areas without requisite approvals.

The green panel asked the apex pollution monitoring body to form a two member committee to look into the entire matter and take appropriate action in accordance with law.

“The North Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation and Delhi Development Authority will co-operate and provide all assistance to the Committee constituted by the Central Pollution Control Board ,” a bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said.

The tribunal further directed the committee to submit its report on the issue within two months to a panel comprising former Delhi chief secretary Shailaja Chandra and retired National Green Tribunal expert member Bikram Singh Sajwan.

“The committee constituted by the tribunal may take further appropriate action as may be found necessary, subject to any further order of this tribunal,” it said.

The order came after report published in an English daily alleging that thousands of polluting industries are being brazenly run in the city right under the nose of the authorities.

The report had said that Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) recently listed 51,837 units operating from non-conforming/residential areas and asked the three municipal corporations to initiate action against them.

First Published: Aug 27, 2018 04:17 IST