Source : Asian Age, New Delhi 20 Aug 2014
A study by an NGO concluded that industrial pollution in the capital has increased due to flouting of norms by industrial units in Delhi. The study by Toxic Link, an environmental NGO, also gave details on how the groundwater has been contaminated by waste from these industries.
As per the NGO, in its study titled “On the Edge,” there are more than 18 potential hotspots which release toxic pollutants. A few of these locations are Badli, Mandloi, Samaypur, Anand Parbat, Najafgarh and Mayapuri.
As per the report, the level of pollution caused by these industries is unacceptable. The study explains that since Delhi is one of the largest recycling hubs in India, various locations have become “potential hotspots” of pollution.
“The city also has one of the largest recycling markets in the world, catering to all sorts of wastes and material, with a vast population engaged in formal and informal processing of a mix of toxic and non-toxic waste. Years of such activities have had an impact on the environment of the city, contaminating the soil, water and air. Poor implementation of environmental norms has made many of these locations potential hotspots of pollution,” the study concludes.
The report says that activities like plastic moulding, e-waste recycling, dyeing were found in both authorised and unauthorised industrial areas of Delhi. These units are also located close to residential areas, which increases the risk of lead exposure.
The study focuses on finding these hotspots of pollution to further take action to curtail the pollutants released by the industries, as well as gathering and compiling information related to these sites.
The report will enable authorities to take stock of the city’s environmental condition, to look into the future and assess the various policy options for consideration. Delhi has more than 1.2 lakh industries and 29 industrial estates. As per the report, there needs to be a customised solution for dealing with each one of these locations. The NGO also suggests that taking cue from developed nations on their strategies would benefit Delhi.