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Green warrior takes up Okhla’s most burning issue with new L-G

Environmentalist Gopal Krishna has written a letter to newly-appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal regarding Okhla plant. Also, he has sought appointment with the L-G. “We wish to meet you to share the relevant documents and apprise you of the situation. Kindly grant us the permission for the same,” he wrote in a letter dated January 2 shared by this portal.

“We wish to inform you that this plant occupies some 10 acres of green area under the Master Plan of Delhi. In view of the above submission, we seek you intervention to ensure compliance with conditions imposed by DDA, relevant environmental rules and consider closure of the Dioxins emitting power plant located in a residential and ecologically sensitive area,” he wrote.

Gopal and other Okhla residents have been at the forefront of a peaceful campaign to mount pressure on the government and concerned agencies to get the plant closed. This is not the first time that the activist and residents have approached high authorities, seeking their intervention. When the AAP government was voted to power, the residents had met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requesting him to look into the matter.

Earlier, too residents had approached ex-Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. For years residents have lamented that the location of the plant in a densely populated area with Jamia Millia Islamia and some hospitals around is in no way good for residents’ health.

For years they have been running on and offline campaigns in the hope of getting the plant close but with little success all these years.

“Sir, This is to draw your attention towards a specific case of the lawlessness in Okhla that is setting a very bad precedent now that the after expiry of consent to operate, even the provisional authorisation of for municipal solid waste (MSW) based thermal power plant of Timarpur-Okhla Waste Management Co Pvt Ltd (TOWMCL) of has expired on December 31, 2016.”

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