No more extensions!

No more extensions! the Supreme Court has granted four weeks time to the Delhi government to close all polluting and unauthorised industries operating in Delhi's residential areas. The apex court rejected the government's plea to complete this task within five months. Justifying the four weeks time, the apex court said that 18,000 units were surveyed in three weeks time during the first phase of the sealing process of polluting industries in Delhi. Therefore, there was no justification for granting 18 weeks time to scrutinise 21,000 units. The apex court also directed the government agencies, such as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Delhi Development Authority, to assist the Delhi government to accomplish the task.

The Delhi government has a list of 21,400 industrial units that have to be assessed during the second phase of the sealing process. "We will impart special training to the teams to assess the industrial units,' said Sheila Dikshit, Delhi's chief minister.

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