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HC pulls up authorities for failure to shift industries to industrial complexes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court today pulled up the authorities for their failure to shift industrial units from residential areas to industrial complexes in despite being done 17 years ago.

The court observed it was high time that breach of trust was seriously applied to this kind of functioning by public authority.

A bench of Acting and Justice C said that the authorities have not ensured construction at the industrial complexes in 17 years and pulled them up for wasting money and putting hugh burden on public exchequer.

The bench directed the State Industrial and (DSIIDC), which is scheduled to hold a meeting tomorrow on the issue, to submit a status report and ensure strict action against 1,706 industrial complexes, which failed to construct or shift to that site despite it being allotted to them.

The court warned of calling the CMD of DSIIDC before it, if the authority failed to comply with its directions, and listed the matter for further hearing on July 30.

"How much money you are wasting to maintain the complex. Despite being done in 2001, no construction has been done till date. Huge industrial complex is being left without any construction of industrial units," it said.

It also said, "What is government doing? are mixing in the middle of the city and you are busy cutting trees across the city."

The bench said there has been no activity due to failure of public authority in shifting the industries there.

During the hearing, the for DSIIDC said they have asked the to cancel the of those who have not done construction and it will be allotted to others.

The court had earlier rapped authorities in the city saying had they kept their eyes open, the national capital would not have become a "polluting city".

It had expressed displeasure over the alleged connivance of officials of municipal corporations in allowing industrial units in residential and non-conforming areas and had asked the three civic bodies to conduct an inquiry and inform the court about zone-wise details of the industries.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by the Factory Welfare Association, which highlighted the failure of authorities to relocate industries from the residential areas.

The association has also highlighted as to how the industrial plots allotted to the industries in industrial areas remained unused while factories continued to be operated from non-conforming areas.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 20:10 IST