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India's Green Tribunal orders inspection of capital's pollution-emitting industries

The court was acting on a plea seeking the closure of illegal industries for causing pollution. Photograph: (AFP)

WION New Delhi, India Feb 15, 2017, 03.56 PM (IST)

The National Green Tribunal has called for an inspection of industries in Delhi's northwest area after hearing a plea that many units, running without requisite permission, were causing air pollution.

A bench headed by NGT chief Justice Swatanter Kumar directed Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and North Delhi Municipal Corporation to jointly inspect the area and submit a detailed report, PTI reported.

"We direct joint inspection team of DPCC,CPCB and North Delhi Municipal Corporation should immediately inspect the entire area. They shall give a complete and comprehensive report in relation to what type of industries are carry on their business in that area, what is the nature of business, what pollutants are generated and would also take samples of emissions and analyse the same and submit the report.

"From the photographs on record, it is evident that illegal and unauthorised industrial activity is going on in that area," it said.

The court asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to state whether they had given permission to unauthorised units to operate and, if not, what action had been taken for all these years.

"Let report be submitted to the tribunal positively within two weeks," the bench said and listed the matter for next hearing on March 1.

The court was acting on the plea of resident Krishan Kumar seeking the closure of illegal industries in Rohini area's Prahladpur Bangar on the ground that these were causing air pollution.

The plea claimed that numerous industrial units were operating in residential areas without due consent from the DPCC and that authorities had turned "blind eye" towards them.

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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