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Mahipalpur hotels move green tribunal

October 14, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:46 am IST - NEW DELHI:

After facing closure for not complying with the environmental norms, 31 hotels and guesthouses in Mahipalpur near the IGI Airport on Tuesday moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) challenging the imposition of additional conditions on them for operation.

The Hotels and Guest Houses Association Mahipalpur moved the tribunal against the Delhi Pollution Control Board, Delhi Police, and the Delhi Jal Board for including licence from the Delhi Police and the local health authority as a pre-condition for consent to operate under the Air and the Water Act.

A Bench headed by Justice U.D. Salvi issued notices to all the parties.

In June, the Delhi government had shut down the hotels that were operating without permission from civic agencies and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

After being directed by the NGT to inspect these hotels, the pollution watchdog had found that they were illegally drawing groundwater and operating without following norms.

The hotels had faced closure on the orders of the NGT for withdrawing groundwater and not having sewage treatment plants. They were granted a month’s provisional consent by the NGT in September to operate.

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