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Despite ban, steel pickling polluting Yamuna

By: Staff Reporter

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These untreated acids and minerals flow into the Yamuna and have contaminated the Yamuna. (Photo courtesy: yffindia.com)

New Delhi, Jan 25 (G’nY news service): A Delhi-based NGO working towards cleaning and saving the Yamuna has filed a fresh affidavit before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Principal Bench seeking closure and removal of steel pickling factories from Delhi.

By an Aug 21, 2013 order the tribunal had restricted such units from carrying out operations in the Wazirpur area of northern Delhi and allowed the units to sell their manufactured stock till they were shut down. Despite this, some units even five months later are still functioning without consent.

Pickling is a metal surface treatment using corrosive liquor to remove impurities, such as stains, inorganic matter, rust or scale from ferrous metals, copper and aluminum alloys.

“It is evident that these factories use hazardous acids and minerals which they then dump into Najafgarh Nala (drain) without properly treating them. These untreated acids and minerals flow into the Yamuna and have contaminated the 23-km stretch starting from Okhla in south Delhi to Kosikalan in Uttar Pradesh,” said Girish Pandey, who heads the All India Lokadhikar Sangathan, in a release. The NGO has been working in the field for several months now, and has filed the recent affidavit.

Sandeep Mishra, the Member Secretary of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) in response to the above issue said, “If they operate in the middle of the night (without consent), we cannot do much.” He said that policing could offer a solution to curb the errant units from functioning.

(With inputs from IANS)

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