The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Principal Bench, New Delhi has directed the DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) to look into the matter of the illegal operation of factories in Darya Ganj and take remedial action for the same.

The Bench comprising Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel, Judicial Member Sudhir Agarwal, and Expert Member A. Senthil Vel said, “In view of the allegations made, we find it appropriate to direct DPCC to look into the matter and take remedial action, following due process of law.”

The Tribunal was dealing with a plea alleging that the respondents were illegally operating factories in Darya Ganj, New Delhi in violation of master plan and earlier order of the NGT.

Advocate Jasmeet Singh appeared on behalf of the applicant.

In this case, the respondents were involved in the business of manufacturing of shoes/sandals, bookbinding, wedding cards, silver utensils, etc. and the NGT had directed the closure of their units. Thereafter, the said units were closed down.

However, later respondents restarted the same and rented out their respective units/factories to others for manufacturing Shock absorbers for the automobile industry. The said operations were conducted without requisite consent from the DPCC as per provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

The NGT after hearing the arguments of the counsel asserted that the DPCC shall look into such matter.

Accordingly, the Tribunal disposed of the plea.

Cause Title- Mohd. Shariq v. Govt. of NCT of Delhi & Ors.

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