DELHI: Industries located in ‘redevelopment areas’ that were not designated for industrial activity but have become industrialized over the past several years will now be brought in the ambit of green laws. Industries that were set up before February 7, 2007, must apply to Delhi Pollution Control Committee for consent to operate, a permission that will be renewed annually.
Three categories of industries that were set up after February 7, 2007, will be permitted to continue operations but must apply for consent to establish along with consent to operate. These industries include green category industries or non-polluting units, hi-tech industries mentioned in Master Plan 2021 and utilities engaged in waste collection, storage, processing and treatment.
DPCC member secretary Sandeep Mishra said, “Delhi Development Authority has identified 22 areas for industrial redevelopment. Since industrial activity will be permitted in such areas, we would like to encourage non-polluting and essential work here. The consent to operate will have to be renewed annually since it will take time for redevelopment areas to be fully and legally industrialized. In case the scheme fails, we do not want to be left with unauthorized units that boast of a legal tag.”
Delhi has about 25,000 authorized industries functioning in 29 industrial areas. However, several more continue to operate outside these areas but with no survey carried out till now to determine their nature or number, the government has no clear picture of how many industries will apply under the redevelopment scheme.
“Industrial units located outside industrial areas are operating with full power and water supply, so there is obviously collusion with civic agencies. No action has been taken against them so far since the environment department does not recognize their existence. Once the industries now start applying for consent, we will get a clear picture of how many actually exist. A survey will also be carried out subsequently within the redevelopment areas to determine how many and what kind of industries are operating from here,” said an official.
Redevelopment work in these areas will include widening of roads, provision of civic services and development of open spaces and parking.
Two categories of industries will continue to be banned and will be shut down with immediate effect if found operating. These include H-category units listed under Master Plan 2001 and 99 prohibited and negative industries listed in Master Plan 2021.