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Considering banning industrial activities at NCR pollution hotspots when air quality is severe EPCA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme Court-appointed Control Authority Friday said they are seriously considering banning industrial, construction and demolition activities at major hotspots in Delhi-when air quality levels reach 'severe' category.

The Central Control Board-led task force on November 22 recommended to the that industrial, construction and demolition activities should be banned in major hotspot areas when air quality levels reach 'severe' category.

In a meeting on Friday with various companies, such as Adani gas, Gas, IGL and GAIL, lashed out at them asking the reason for not being able to switch to cleaner sources of for their operations.

"We are seriously considering a proposal from the CPCB to shut down industries in the area where the pollution reaches severe," member said, adding, "The authority will write to industries asking for a breakup of their pricing of piped and what are the terms on which they supply it to the consumers."

The representatives of the firms contended that switching to or gas is proving to be expensive in comparison to coal.

Narain said, "We will keep pushing for switching to gas as there is no other option. We will also push the government to reduce VAT to make it cheaper by 20 per cent for industries."

On December 4, the CPCB-led taskforce identified 21 areas vulnerable to high pollution in Delhi-and directed the respective municipal corporations to take "focussed actions" to mitigate the affects.

It has also asked the authorities to carry out inspection at Loni Bhopura in Ghaziabad, from where repeated complaints of violations of environmental norms have been received, according to the minutes of a meeting of the taskforce held in

The taskforce has identified 15 pollution hotspots in They are -- Anand Vihar, Bawana, CRRI Mathura Road, DTU, Dr Range, Dwarka-Sector 8, Jahangirpuri, Mundaka, NSIT Dwarka, Narela, Okhla Phase-2, R K Puram, Rohini, Shadipur, Wazirpur.

In areas outside Delhi, six hotspots have been identified. They are -- Sector-16A in Faridabad, Vikas Sadan in Gurgaon, Vasundhara in Ghaziabad, Knowledge Park-III in Greater Noida, Sector-125 in and RIICO Industrial Area-III in Bhiwadi.

Lal said last week, the EPCA sealed 140 units that were dealing in tar oil, and synthetic engine oil, but another issue is that the sealed units shift to different parts of the city and continue their operations.

The EPCA also said that he would inspect burning of industrial waste in Mundka and penalise the entities responsible for it.

has been battling alarming levels of pollution for nearly two months with the air quality hovering between "very poor" and "severe", and slipping into "poor" on better days.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 20:35 IST