With 2017 set as the deadline for cleaning and rejuvenating the Yamuna, the National Green Tribunal has now directed that the steel pickling units in Wazirpur, which are a major source of pollution, be acted against for operating in violation of anti-pollution standards.
The NGT has directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to take action against those units found operating without consent and not complying with mandatory pollution standards.
It is to be noted that a RTI reply filed by environmental activist Vikrant Tongad had revealed that the DPCC was not aware of the total number industrial units operating in Wazirpur industrial area even as it is the authority without whose consent a unit cannot run.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the DPCC to ensure that units are not operational without consent of the board and not causing any pollution.
Steel pickling is the process of removing impurities, such as stains and inorganic contaminants from metal.