NGT the National Green Tribunal ordered to shut down the industrial units running in the residential areas like Rohini which is also the “non-conforming” one. The NGT also slapped Delhi Government with a fine of Rs.50,000 along with others for their defaults and inaction which has resulted in the violation of rules.
The panel of judges at the National Green Tribunal said that industrial units in residential areas are the prime reason for pollution as they comprise of unauthorized car workshops which is unlawful and thus they must be shut down with the immediate effect. The NGT panel also directed to submit a report of the action taken before the tribunal within one month.
NGT bench of judges also said that the “Respondents are held liable to pay environmental compensation of Rs 50,000 each for damage to the environment by their persistent defaults and inaction towards violations of rules and directions issued by the Tribunal.”
The bench further said that “This amount should be recovered from the heads of the said respondents personally to be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board within one month.” The Delhi chief secretary was directed by the tribunal to call a meeting of the concerned authorities and prepare an action plan for the implementation of the same by a team comprising the DCP of the area, SDM and senior officer of Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). NGT also said that the team must also conduct a public hearing on the spot at once every week.
The judge bench of NGT was quoted saying, “The chief secretary may also indicate persons accountable for such repeated default and failures, and take appropriate action under CCS (CCA), Rules, 1965 and submit the action taken report to the tribunal.” A bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and NGT Chairperson called these units as illegal activities that were going on and that there was total apathy on part of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the police authorities in performing their duties.
Justice S P Wangdi said, “The said authorities have merely shifted the responsibility from one to the other. According to DPCC, the responsibility is of the Delhi Police. According to the Delhi Police, the matter has to be dealt by SDM under Section 133 of CrPC. This is nothing but avoiding the statutory and legal duties.”
The chief secretary is asked by the tribunal to send the compliance report by November 30 by e-mail and posted the matter for consideration on December 3. This direction came after the plea filed by a resident named N S Yadav to close the activities of servicing, repairing, denting, painting and junk dealing that are being carried out by various unauthorized car workshops and car mechanics in the area near Chaudhary Brahm Prakash entry gate of village Nahar Pur and near Bhagwan Ram Mandir Temple Complex, Block-E, Rohini, Sector-7.
As per the applicant, illegal activities are taking place despite complaints to the DPCC which also states the automobile servicing activities were being run in non-conforming areas, in violation of the Master Plan for Delhi 2021.