NGT issues notice to EDMC for pollution by restaurant
The National Green Tribunal has issued notice to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on a plea seeking closure of a restaurant in East Delhi for allegedly causing air and water pollution.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar sought response from EDMC and asked its concerned officer to be present before it on November 10 on the plea of a local resident claiming commercial use of the property in a residential area.
“The counsel appearing for Delhi Development Authority submits that there is apparent commercial use of the property in a residential area. However, he states that East Delhi Municipal Corporation is an appropriate authority to take action as the property in question has already been handed over to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation. Let notice be issued to East Delhi Municipal Corporation,” the bench said.
The tribunal directed the officer concerned of East Delhi Municipal Corporation along with that of Delhi Development Authority to be present before it on November 10, the next date of hearing.
The NGT was hearing a plea filed by Praveen Gupta seeking closure of the restaurant-cum-party hall in Dilshad Garden here.
The plea, filed through advocate Siddhartha Singh, claimed that till date this restaurant has not applied for consent under Air and Water Act from Delhi Pollution Control Committee and was not complying with the prescribed environmental norms.
It further said that very often there are wedding parties and loud music being played by DJs which creates noise pollution in the area affecting students and senior citizens who have no option but to face this pollution.
“Besides loudspeakers and music systems, generator is also installed which not only causes noise pollution but also deteriorates air quality of the area.
“A number of complaints were also lodged with authorities regarding air-pollution but authorities have not taken any action till date,” it alleged.