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DPCC issues closure notice to 112 units in Wazirpur

  Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) issued closure notices to 112 industrial units, mainly steel pickling units, in the Wazirpur Industrial Area for discharging untreated toxic waste water in drains that empty in the Yamuna. With about 2,000 industrial units, Wazirpur Industrial Area has been in news for not meeting pollution norms. DPCC had been writing to the industrial units and to Delhi Jal Board (DJB) since March to check the problem but received no response. A team of officers from DPCC, DJB, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC), representatives of the Wazirpur Industrial Area CETP society and All India Plastic Industries Association had carried out a survey of the area on February 24, 2014. Samples of waste water flowing in open drains were collected at three locations and pH levels were found to be far below the standard and norms. "This means steel pickling industries are not carrying out any treatment and the waste water is being discharged into open drains meant for stormwater," said the closure notice issued on Wednesday.

 

The closure notice quotes the ministry of urban development's notification of September 23 that made certain modifications in the Master Plan for Delhi and placed the activity of stainless steel pickling in the prohibited or negative category. It also quotes the National Green Tribunal order of August 21, 2013, that restrained all stainless steel pickling units from carrying on activities anywhere in Delhi without obtaining the consent of DPCC. Public Works Department had discussed the issue of drainage in the area in a meeting on March 13, 2014, in view of the construction of an elevated corridor from Azadpur to Peramburi Pul.

 

Another inspection was conducted by PWD, along with officials from DSIIDC, DJB, NDMC and DPCC. "It was observed that all drains are choked due to silt from the industries and a large quantity of metallic silt was being discharged directly into the stormwater drains without mandatory pre-treatment by industrial units," the notice states. DPCC again collected water samples from waste water flowing in the open drains at four locations in the area on April 24, 2014 when ph levels were found to be 0.8, 1.6, 0.9 and 0.8 when the normal Ph level is close to 7, which established that they were not treating waste water causing significant water pollution. DPCC has issued directions for power and water connections to the units to be disconnected and directed SDM to ensure that the units are closed. "We have given them enough warnings.

 

They never responded or did anything about it," said Sandeep Mishra, member secretary, DPCC. Jai Kumar Bansal, President of Delhi Stainless Steel Trade Federation said "We haven't received any closure order and we have been always treating our waste water. I don't know why DPCC is taking action against us." he said. TOI had reported on April 15, 2014 that DPCC has decided to seal the units if they don't comply. The industrial area has a high pollution potential because of its steel pickling units. The pickling process involves removing impurities from stainless steel by treating it with hot sulphuric acid solution.

 

Times of India, Delhi, Friday 9th May 2014