Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding red category polluting units operating in residential areas of Lal Kuan, Delhi, 28/11/2023

  • 28/11/2023

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Saira Begum Vs Govt. of NCT of Delhi & Others dated 28/11/2023.

The matter is related to red category polluting units which are operating in the residential area of Gali Kuan Wali, Lal Darwaza, Sirki Walan, Lal Kuan, Delhi. As per the allegation, the units are engaged in the process of washing and polishing of nuts and bolts by the use of hydrochloric acid and the units are causing air and water pollution and are operating in violation of the environmental norms. It is also alleged that the units are illegally drawing ground water by using illegal borewells without any permissions/NOC. The units are directly discharging their effluent/used hydrochloric acid (HCL) either into nearby drain or on the open land causing serious health hazards to the nearby residents. In the last three years, deaths have also occurred for this reason in the area.

The NGT, November 28, 2023 was of the opinion that the application raised substantial issues relating to the "compliance of the provisions of the schedule Acts". The NGT directed a joint committee to be constituted of the representative of the Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and SDM, South Delhi. The committee has been directed to visit the site and ascertain the truthfulness of the allegations and also suggest the remedial measures and submit status and action taken report before the NGT within a period of two months.