HC raps authorities over failure to shift industries

The Delhi High Court on Monday pulled up the authorities for failure to shift industrial units from residential areas to industrial complexes in Bawana despite allotment being done 17 years ago.

A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar also directed the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC), which is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday, to submit a status report and ensure strict action against 1,706 industrial units. The Bench said the industrial units had failed to construct or shift to the site despite the allotment.

The court warned that it would call the DSIIDC CMD before it if the authority failed to comply with its directions. It listed the matter for hearing on July 30.

“How much money are you wasting to maintain the Bawana complex? Despite allotment 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.

“What is Delhi government doing? Chemical traders are mixing chemicals in the middle of the city and you are busy cutting trees across the city,” it remarked.

It had earlier rapped authorities saying had they kept their eyes open the Capital would not have become a “polluting city”.

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