In Haryana's Faridabad, Deputy Commissioner has refused to comply with orders of National Human Rights Commission to shift commercial and industrial activities from residential Chawla Colony, Ballabhgarh.
Mangat Ram resides in this colony with his wife and children. There are three commercial units across the street, opposite his house. One such unit is located in the rear of his house. One unit prepares fibre sheets; while another prepares furniture. Trucks also are used to unload heavy goods at odd hours.
Generator sets used by these units create noise pollution beyond permissible level. Deputy Commissioner (DC), Faridabad observed that it is neither practicable nor desirable to shut down all such units and commercial enterprises as the closure of these units will result into the collapse of economic edifice of the town.
The deputy commissioner observed that the move to dislocate such commercial units would lead to major law and order problem. The (DC) and officers of the Pollution Board were taking the stand that noise generated by these units was within permissible level.
Then Sheela Rani, wife of Managat Ram, approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), and an Investigation team was formed by the National Commission. Pollution tests were also got conducted from officers of Pollution Control Board.
The noise pollution was found above permissible limits. Municipal Corporation Officers stated before the investigation team that such commercial/industrial activity cannot be carried out in residential areas of Chawla Colony.
Eventually, National Commission’s team submitted its enquiry report. It recommended shifting of the aforesaid units outside residential area. The deputy commissioner, however, in response to a notice issued to him refused to comply with the orders of the National Commission.
The NHRC observed in the said letter that there are more than 15000 industrial units running in the residential area/non confirming areas and for that matter Chawla Colony Ballabgarh is no exception. Helpless Managt Ram now intends to carry his fight to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.