The plant was making 600 bottles and they had begun making 600 more bottles, taking their output to 1,200, without the mandatory clearance from CGWA," UPPCB Member Secretary J.
Hindustan Coca- Cola Beverages was declared a ' grossly polluting unit' and served a notice by the UPPCB on NGT's directions on April 22.
The UPPCB has been giving us consent to operate every year.
Rahul Choudhary, counsel for the petitioner, said, "Despite knowing that some industries are habitual polluters and have been polluting the Ganges unabatedly for the last 10 to 15 years, both CPCB and UPPCB
have only been issuing compliance notices and have seldom sent them closure warnings.
A study conducted by the Delhi Pollution Control Board a few days ago showed alarmingly high levels of hardness in east Delhi's groundwater," a UPPCB scientist said.
Local residents alleged that many of these units run in connivance with officials of the UPPCB.
Khan, regional manager of the UPPCB, said: "We conduct quarterly monitoring of such units.