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Green tribunal fines Delhi government for illegal steel units in residential areas

Steel News - Published on Wed, 17 Oct 2018

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Scroll In reported that National Green Tribunal fined the Delhi government INR 50 crore for not taking action against steel pickling units in residential areas, PTI reported. Such units fall under the list of prohibited industrial activities. Pickling is the process of removing impurities such as stains and inorganic contaminants from steel. The tribunal also directed the Delhi government to shut down such units with immediate effect. A bench headed by tribunal chairperson Justice AK Goel pulled up the government led by the Aam Aadmi Party for not closing down the industrial units despite specific directions.

The order came on a plea filed by non-governmental organisation All India Lokadhikar Sangthan, seeking to execute the tribunal’s order on closing down such units in industrial areas. The plea claimed that steel pickling units functioning in Wazirpur discharged effluents in open drains which flows into the Yamuna river.

In January, the Delhi government informed the National Green Tribunal that steel pickling units fall under the list of prohibited industrial activities according to the Delhi Master Plan, 2021 and cannot operate in residential areas.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Wed, 17 Oct 2018
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