SC postpones hearing on shifting of polluting units


HT Correspondent New Delhi, Feb5:THE SUPREME Court today postponed till Thursday the hearing on the shifting of polluting industries located in the capital's non-conforming and residential areas.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Govern-ment has chalked out its action plan for sealing and relocating only 33 categories of industries. Its plan is not in line with the Pollution Control Committee’s (PCC) suggestion.

Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit informed Urban Develop-ment Minister Jagmohan about her Government's stand at a meeting held in the wake of the Supreme Court's observations that they should sort out differences for implementing the Court's orders.

Mr Jagmohan is believed to be in disagreement with the Chief Minister's suggestion (to restrict relocation to 33 types of units) and has asked the Delhi Government to seek the Apex Court's approval for its plan.

During the last hearing, a Bench headed by Justice BN Kirpal had asked the Delhi Government to fix a deadline for the closure of the remaining polluting industries, after the MCD confirmed closure of about 19,000 units.

The Supreme Court had also designated the Urban Development Ministry as a nodal agency to supervise closure of all polluting units.

Faced with a hate campaign, the Ministry subsequently requested the Court to relieve it of its duty to act as a nodal agency.

The Ministry's affidavit said: "A tirade of misinformation and personalised criticism of the nodal agency has continued unabated, as illustratively reflected in Press reports."

The Apex Court, however, turned down the Ministry's plea, directing it to supervise the closure operation.