A bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), headed by justice Jawad Rahim, on April 18, 2017, issued notices to the Delhi government, the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Delhi Jal Board, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd and others, on a plea filed by Daryaganj resident Mohd Shariq, seeking action against illegal factories in the area and demanding sealing of such units in non-conforming areas. The NGT has asked the various bodies to reply before May 15, 2017.
The plea, filed through advocate Gaurav Bansal, has also sought directions to initiate criminal proceedings against those running such unauthorised units. It claimed that despite the issuance of several letters by the Public Grievances Commission of Delhi and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has failed to stop operation of illegal factories.
“The applicant wishes to draw the attention of this tribunal, to the issue of operation of illegal factories in non-conforming areas in residential areas in Daryaganj. It is respectfully submitted that the said illegal industries are being run, without having the previous consent of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee as prescribed under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981 and Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974,” the plea said.
Irked over the menace of unauthorised industrial units running in residential areas here, the NGT had earlier directed the centre and the Delhi government to close all such units immediately. The green panel had directed the Delhi government to ensure implementation of a 2004 Supreme Court verdict, ordering the closure of industrial units in non-conforming areas and had ordered discom BSES and Delhi Jal Board, to immediately cut electricity and water supply to such units.