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Illegal industries add to air pollution

Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2017

The Times of India, New Delhi, Jan 2017: Industries in residential or `non-conforming areas' of Delhi are contributing to air pollution, members of Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) told Delhi government officials recently in a meeting over the implementation of the graded response action plan called by EPCA. The Delhi government officials said they were aware of the mushrooming industri es and have received many complaints about them causing pollution, but their hands are tied. The Delhi environment department and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) were unable to act against these industries because of legal loopholes. The officials who attended the meeting said they were aware that many industries have come up in `nonconforming areas'--areas not meant for industrial activity according to the master plan of Delhi. But DPCC cannot shut them immediately as the law prescribes issuing a notice first.

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