Crackdown on illegal industries in residential areas in Delhi

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has directed all civic bodies and the Delhi Development Authority to map illegal industrial units operating from non-conforming areas and close them with immediate effect.

The city’s pollution watchdog has also asked the discoms and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to disconnect electricity supply and water connections to such units.

“All the municipal corporations, local bodies and DDA have been directed to carry out a survey and map industries operating from residential areas functioning without proper municipal licences. This is being done so that they could be closed down,” said a senior DPCC official.

At least 52,000 such units have already been identified and they have applied for alternative plots. The survey would identify industrial units beyond these 52,000 units that are still operating from residential areas.

A letter in this regard was sent to the civic bodies, DDA, discoms and DJB on May 9. HT has a copy of the letter.

“Only household industries that are per Master Plan of Delhi-2021 and have obtained no objection certificate from the high-power committee set up by the Supreme Court of India under the chairmanship of commissioner of industries would be permitted to operate,” the official said.

First Published:
May 17, 2019 05:59 IST

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