At times I think of leaving Delhi, majorly because of the ever-rising pollution levels in the capital. Isn’t the smoggy weather concerns you? Construction work and steel pickling units are some of the areas which are highly hazardous. Hence the National Green Tribunal (NGT) keeps a check on such projects and issues guidelines to the government. Such precautionary measures were asked to implement by the Delhi government too.
The Delhi government failed to take action against polluting steel pickling units in residential areas and for that, National Green Tribunal on October 16 imposed Rs 50 crore fine on the Arvind Kejriwal government. The tribunal also directed the government to shut these units with immediate effect as they fall under the prohibited list of industrial activity.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked the government that why did it not close the industrial units despite specific directions.
The All India Lokadhikar Sangthan, an NGO filed plea against the non-execution of the order by Delhi government. As per the Delhi Master Plan (DMP) 2021, steel pickling industries in residential areas fall under the prohibited list of industrial activity.
The plea alleges that the polluting industries functioning at Wazirpur discharged harmful effluent in open drains. It ultimately gets into the Yamuna River and harms the aquatic life and environment.
Recently to fight the air pollution, Delhi has implemented a set of measures under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
As the pollution level worsens, Delhi will stop construction activities & hot mix plants. A ban will be put on stone crushers and the odd-even scheme will also be implemented.