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.