a brief reprieve: Even as 168 polluting units in Delhi had to lock up on November 30 as per the SC's orders, the court allowed the state government to consider extending the deadline of December 31, 1996 for more than 39,000 industries facing closure. These units had earlier been directed by the apex court to shift from "non-conforming residential areas in Delhi" to suitable areas in the outskirts. The government's counsel told the court that steps to relocate the industries were in full swing. About 51,000 plots and flats were being made available to the concerned industries. The court also directed the state government to file quarterly 'status reports' regarding the relocation of these industries, beginning from the fourth week of March, 1997.
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