Submit report on hotels at Mahipalpur: NGT to Delhi govt

Submit report on hotels at Mahipalpur: NGT to Delhi govt

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the AAP government and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to submit a report on hotels operating at Mahipalpur near the IGI airport here.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the city government, the DPCC, hotel Jindal Palace and others while seeking their reply in two weeks.

“Issue notice to the respondents. The NCT of Delhi and DPCC shall submit a report of the hotels that are operating in Mahipalpur before the next date of hearing,” the bench said while posting the matter for hearing on December 14.

The direction came on a plea filed by Bijwasan MLA Colonel (retd) Devinder Sehrawat seeking action against hotels operating without requisite permission and causing environmental pollution in Mahilpalpur area here.

The plea, filed through advocate Rakesh Kumar Yadav, claimed that the MLA received a complaint from a resident welfare association about hotels which were operating in an illegal manner without obtaining due licenses and no objection certificate from the authorities.

According to the plea, there were several lapses in these hotels which were allegedly withdrawing water through borewells and they lacked permission from the Central Ground Water Authority.

“Most of the hotels are operating illegally without obtaining proper licences. Due to the commercial activity, the residents are facing health hazards due to the air and water pollution caused by them as food and solid waste is being discharged in sewage line resulting in blockage,” the plea said.

PTI