The Delhi High Court asked the three MCDs and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday to proceed against illegally operating water cooling plants in the national capital.

The court took cognisance of a petition filed by an NGO, Society for Holistic Approach and Development, claiming that water cooling plants were operating from notified commercial streets in “flagrant violation” of Delhi’s Master Plan (2021).

The three municipal bodies and the DDA were issued notice to reply to the NGO’s petition by a bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar.

The matter has been listed for further hearing on 19 September. The NGO’s plea, filed through advocates Kamlesh Kumar Mishra and Sanjay Baniwal, said that orders for punitive action were issued against such units by the municipal health officer (MHO) of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and other senior officials.

However, other EDMC officials have been alleged to have “disregarded” those orders.

“Despite the orders having been passed and the water cooling plants in the notified commercial streets being illegal and unauthorised, no action has yet been taken,” the NGO’s plea claims.

The court took note of the NGO’s submissions and directed the EDMC to take action in this regard in accordance with the order issued by its MHO.

The court asked the other two MCDs to physically inspect such units in their respective areas.

All the municipal bodies were directed by the bench to file their status reports on the action taken in this regard.