The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday issued directions to close down industries operating in residential areas within a month.
It noted that these industries are “a source of continuous pollution” as they discharge untreated toxic waste into drains and are “prejudicial to the restoration of the Yamuna”.
The NGT also expressed its ire against the government for failing to “act with requisite seriousness and effectiveness” in filing reports that the bench had asked for in March regarding the “restoration and re-vitalisation of the Yamuna”.
The NGT also warned that “coercive steps” including “attachment of accounts” and “civil imprisonment” may be taken against senior government officials if its directions are not complied with.
The NGT’s observations came while it was monitoring the implementation of its plan — “Maili Se Nirmal Yamuna evitalisation Project 2017” — aimed at rejuvenating the river.
The bench said all industries operating in residential areas present a serious “source of pollution”.
While some discharge “effluents into drains without any treatment”, a majority of them are operating without its consent, the Bench noted.
“No industry which is operating or discharging any effluent or other such industrial waste, and/or which has not obtained the consent of the Board, will be permitted in residential areas… They will be given a month’s time to shut down,” the bench said.
In addition, the NGT also gave the municipal corporations and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) a week’s time to submit a report regarding the cleaning of drains.
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have been given asked to submit a report regarding the capability of the 13 common effluent treatment plants (CETP) in Delhi.
The team has also been directed to submit a report regarding pickling industries in Delhi, located primarily in Wazirpur.
The committee of DPCC and CPCB have also been directed to submit an analysis report of emission and dumping of fly ash by the Indraprastha Power Station within two weeks.
The Delhi Development Authority has also been asked to place a report regarding the number of people asked to pay compensation for throwing waste into the Yamuna or on its banks, and the amount of money recovered.