Industries based in Delhi-national capital region (NCR), which are not using piped natural gas (PNG) or cleaner fuel for operation despite the availability of gas infrastructure in their localities, will be closed down with immediate effect, the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) said in an order issued on December 7.
The decision to shut down such industrial units was taken in view of the ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’ air quality prevailing in Delhi-NCR. They will not be permitted to resume their operations till at least December 12, CAQM said.
“Taking a tough stand against the industries in industrial areas flouting the comprehensive policy directions for shifting of industries operating in NCR districts to PNG/ cleaner fuels, the Commission has issued directions for immediate closure of all such industries located in industrial areas where PNG infrastructure and supply are available but have still not switched over to PNG,” the Union Ministry of Environment said in a statement.
“As per the directions of the Commission, these violating industries/ industrial units will not be permitted to schedule their operations till 12.12.2021, and the position will be reviewed for further decisions,” it added.