NEW DELHI: A total of 28 illegal scrapping units in Delhi were shut down by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Monday, September 21. This was done in order to control rising pollution levels in
the city as these illegal units were a considerable contributor to Delhi’s air pollution. These units were functioning mainly because according to the Vehicles and off-life vehicles Act (ELV), petrol cars which are older than 10 years and diesel cars older than 10 years are not allowed on Delhi roads. Thus, these vehicles were sent to the scrapping units, along with vehicles which had been victims of accidents, for being scrapped.
This comes after a research by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) revealed that close to 25 per cent of the threat to the environment is caused by scrap chemicals. The 28 scrapping units in Nangli Sakrati, Nilothi, Mundka, Mongalpuri, Mukundpur, Ghawar, Tikari Kalan areas were then examined by DPCC and the decision was taken to shut them down completely. In addition to this, DPCC has also decided to lodge a case against operators of these scrapping units along with the imposition of a hefty fine.
The DPCC said that a few agencies will be licensed to scrap vehicles while following standards set by the committee. These units are mostly going to be located in the National Capital Region (NCR), including Greater Noida and Sonipat.