Civic agency opposes LG order

Civic agency opposes LG order

North Corpn tells its officials to put on hold Jung's sealing directive

The North Corporation on Monday asked its officials to “put on hold” the LG’s order on sealing illegal industries running in residential areas.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Mayor Yogender Chandolia said its councillors will meet the Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday and ask him to postpone the order.

Following the NGT’s directive, LG Najeeb Jung had ordered municipal corporations to seal unauthorised industries in residential areas and firms at commercial areas, which are causing environment pollution.

As per the order, factory owners must be given plot in Holambi Kalan, Bawana or Bhorgarh to set up their production units.

Councillors of the civic agency said there is no infrastructure and other facilities to set up industries at these places.

“These areas are not safe for doing business. Every now or then people are mugged there. Isn’t the corporation responsible for the safety of people?” Chairman of Standing Committee Mohan Prasad Bhardwaj said.

“Is it fair to sacrifice human life for the sake of making Delhi green?”

Even the opposition councillors echoed similar concerns. “Some people who have shut their industries and sold their premises. Now the new occupants are running small workshops there, but the corporation officials are forcing them to close such production units too,” Leader of Opposition Mukesh Goel said. “What’s the fault of these new owners?”

Survey results

Additional Commissioner (Revenue) M S A Khan said a survey has been done and 1,800 unauthorised industries have been identified under the limits of the civic agency.

“The National Green Tribunal has directed to shift such firms to the outskirts. So we have started issuing notice to all these last week. We gave them 48 hours to file the reply. But we have not received any reply from them,” Khan said.

“The Delhi Pollution Control Committee is the authorised body to take action against industries that are causing environment pollution.”

Yogender Chandolia said the civic agency should conduct a survey again. The North Corporation spokesperson said that the LG has agreed to meet the councillors on Tuesday.

“He will meet the legislators at 12.30 pm,” the spokesperson said.

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