The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to submit the report on action taken on the status of 51,837 industries in Delhi which are being operated in residential areas without requisite apporvals.=
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the report received from CPCB shows that certain steps have been taken including constitution of a two-member Committee. Furthermore, he added that CPCB has been asked to submit the report within a month.
"However, the report of the action taken has not been furnished. The CPCB may accordingly secure and furnish report from the said two member committee within one month by e-mail at email@example.com before the next date," the bench, also comprising Justice S P Wangdi, said.
The matter will now come up for hearing on January 24 next year.
The green panel had earlier 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 cooperate and provide all assistance to the Committee constituted by the CPCB," the bench has said.
The tribunal had 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 NGT 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 had said.
The order had come after taking note of a news report published in an English daily alleging that thousands of polluting industries are being brazenly run in the city right under the nose of 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.
According to the news item, the industries were leading to water and air pollution in the areas as they do not have license to operate.
"The analysis of the data released by DSIIDC shows most violations in Moti Nagar, Kirti Nagar, Ramesh Nagar, Najafgarh and Mansarovar Garden, all in west Delhi; Ashram, Bhogal, Jangpura, Maharani Bagh and Mahipalpur in south Delhi; Gandhi Nagar, Jheel, Shastri Nagar, Kailash Nagar, Jafrabad and Shahdara in east Delhi; and Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Malkaganj, Ballimaran, Lal Kuan and Kashmere Gate in north Delhi.
"Other highly affected areas are Karol Bagh, Patel Nagar, Anand Parbat, Rohtak Road, Rajinder Nagar, Old Rajinder Nagar in central Delhi; Shahdara, GT Road, Babarpur and Vishwas Nagar in northeast Delhi; and Burari and Jagatpuri in northwest Delhi," the report said.
Earlier in October, the Supreme Court had ordered a monitoring committee to ensure that 5,000-odd illegal industrial units still operating from residential areas in Delhi are shut within 15 days.
(With inputs from PTI)