Delhi Jal Board starts sealing of industrial units polluting Yamuna

Delhi: 27 Jan, 2022 (Times of India)


By: Siddhanta MishraNEW DELHI: Yamuna cleaning cell is stepping up its efforts to crack down on polluting industries in the national capital. The cell has formed 11 teams to survey industrial and redevelopment areas to catch violators of norms.

The teams will also have Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation and Delhi Pollution Control Committee members. The assistant chief engineers of the Delhi Jal Board will be heading these teams.

The cell has focused mainly upon 25 redevelopment areas, where new surveys and checks have commenced. The teams have been directed to take action against illegal water-polluting industries with immediate effect. The exercise will be carried out assembly constituency-wise and action will be taken accordingly.

Earlier, the board had identified three areas — Moti Nagar, Mayapuri and Wazirpur — to check for electroplating industries causing water pollution. The technology is widely used in decorative arts to improve the surface qualities of objects.

The chief executive officer of the Delhi Jal Board has also roped Jamia university into conducting the survey. The surveyors will be assisted by officials from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and civil defence volunteers.

According to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, around 2,000 water-polluting industries are currently operating in Delhi in just the notified industrial areas.

As per the latest directions, DJB officials shall issue a notice to the water-polluting industry if it finds that the establishment is not connected to any common effluent treatment plant. If, even after that, the industry does not comply with the rules and regulations, then it will be sealed and further notices will be issued to discoms and DJB to disconnect water and electricity supply to the unit.

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has set 2025 as the deadline to clean the Yamuna; hence the special focus is to stop any direct flow of harmful effluents into the river.