At NOIDA, compliance with green clause in tender documents mandatory for infra developers

From ET Realty

NOIDA: Adopting a tough stance against anyone flouting directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Noida Authority on Friday said it has added a new ‘green’ clause in its tender documents.

As per the new clause, the Authority will enforce construction norms on contractors working on projects in the city. The new condition in the bidding document will make it mandatory for all agencies and contractors to comply with the green court’s orders as specified in the 2010 guidelines of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Any violation will result in cancellation of tenders. The objective is to contain air pollution, officials said.

According to officials, developers of infrastructure projects, other than builders involved in ongoing projects on independent plots, will also have to follow the NGT norms as per the ‘green’ clause.

The Authority has made 17 provisions advised by the NGT as part of the tender document. It means each contractor will face legal action and cancellation of projects if any of the 17 provisions are not complied with.

There are around 300 private contractors, big and small, working on various projects in Noida. Many of them flout construction guidelines and contribute to air pollution. Tenders are initiated by the Authority for projects, including construction of flyovers, underpasses, walkways, elevated roads, government buildings, etc.

“Non-compliance of the guidelines will warrant stern action from the Authority,” said Saumya Srivastava, deputy CEO, Noida Authority.

“If we find the developer of the project violating any of the 17 norms laid down by NGT, we could even cancel the tender,” he warned.

Officials also said the ‘green’ clause will override any permission or clearances that a project has been granted after finalising tenders. If there are violations and construction is being carried out without taking the preventive and protective environmental steps, the construction will have to stop, Srivastava said.

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