The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Tuesday imposed Rs 50 crore fine on the Delhi government for not taking action against polluting steel pickling units in residential areas of the national capital. The tribunal also directed the government to shut these units with immediate effect as they fall under the prohibited list of industrial activity.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel rapped the government for not closing the industrial units despite its specific directions. The order came on a plea filed by the All India Lokadhikar Sangthan, an NGO seeking the execution of NGT’s previous order. The green panel had directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to take action against stainless steel pickling industries in residential areas as they fall under the prohibited list of industrial activity as per the Delhi Master Plan (DMP), 2021, according to PTI.
Alleging that the polluting industries functioning at Wazirpur discharged effluent in open drains which ultimately met the Yamuna river, the plea contended that under the pretext of decision making “time is being taken by the Delhi government and the environment is made to suffer continuously”.