Published: Monday 15 March 1999

The Delhi High Court has said that it will pass orders to shut down the Indraprastha Thermal Power plant in Delhi if immediate steps are not taken for treating effluents being discharged into the Yamuna river. Chief metropolitan magistrate R K Gauba issued the warning while hearing a 11-year-old petition by the Central Board for the Prevention and Control of Pollution. Gauba said: "This court now means business. My predecessor had refrained from issuing directions for closing the power plant. After more than a decade, I do not feel any hesitation in resorting to such a drastic step."

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