The National Green Tribunal Monday directed the district magistrate of Ghaziabad to notify it about steps being taken to curb illegal activity in e-waste and lead waste recovery units operating on the Delhi-Ghaziabad border.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had informed the tribunal on February 25 that Interpol and the Central Bureau of Investigation were probing illegal e-waste recovery units operating on the Delhi-Ghaziabad border.
The tribunal is hearing a case on hazardous pollution caused by illegal e-waste disposal units located in NCR. The petition has been filed by non-profit organisation Law for Justice.
A joint inspection team from the CPCB, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board had inspected the site and found evidence of hazardous waste generation from illegal recycling of heavy metals and e-waste. The report said hazardous waste generated from lead furnaces and other recycling operations was being dumped in open plots and along the roads.
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These units are spread across Rahul Garden, Behta Hazipur and Amit Vihar near Loni bordering Mandoli, East Delhi. According to observation in an earlier report, such operations may have spread to neighbouring areas such as Tila Goan, Govind Tal and Kumhar Colony.
The report further stated that the inspection team could not establish the supply chain mechanism for movement of large quantities of e-waste for illegal recycling in these areas. “It is evident that the existing supply chain is supported with one or more possible stakeholders.”
According to the guidelines of the Union environment ministry, e-waste has to be handed over only to companies authorised by state pollution control board concerned. The CPCB report said the Union environment ministry is looking into the matter.
According to the CPCB report, the Environmental Security Sub-Directorate of Interpol wrote to the CBI on the matter and requested information on “reports about e-waste recycling activities in Loni and Mandoli areas situated on the outskirts of Delhi and contamination of soil and groundwater in those areas”. Officials did not immediately make it clear why Interpol had written to the CBI.