The DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) has ordered to shutdown 112 stainless steel units in Wazirpur for violating environment laws and regulations. The committee found that untreated acidic discharge from the unit causing pollution.
A senior official of DPCC said that these units are violating the environmental norms. The steel pickling units were working illegally, leading to water and soil pollution and also clogging the drainage, eventually pollute the river Yamuna. Pickling is the method of surface treatment for removing the impurities from the steel surface. For that they use an acidic solution called pickle liquor for cleaning.
The committee has made a series of orders against the units. They ordered Delhi water authority and the Tata Power Distribution Delhi to cut the water and power supply to these units with immediate effect. It also directed the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to cancel the factory license and then asked the sub-divisional magistrate to seal the stainless steel units.
The DPCC had already given warning of sealing to the units for the same issue on March 27. But, Jaikumar Bansal, president of Wazirpur industrial Association said that they did not get any warning yet and they are following the rules. He added that if one or two were found working illegally, then it should be sealed or penalized and not the entire 112 units.