Eighteen factories in Mandoli industrial area of north-east Delhi were sealed on Monday for using “furnace oil and diesel” for their furnaces, official sources said.

The sealing drive comes days after the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) said special attention will be given to areas where a lot of copper, aluminium, iron, brass and zinc casting industries use dirty fuels such as tyre oil, furnace oil and diesel in their furnaces.

A team comprising officials of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), police and civil administration visited the Mandoli industrial area on Monday and found these 18 units using dirty fuels for their furnaces, sources said.

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