From ET Realty
NEW DELHI: Delhi government on Wednesday said that it has issued challans to 14 Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) sites and 42 major construction sites of various public and private projects for violating dust control norms.
Satyendar Jain, the nodal minister for controlling air pollution in the capital held a meeting with various agencies on Wednesday to take stock of how many challans or notices have been issued, both for violating dust norms and waste burning.
The Metro stations challaned include those at South Extension, INA, Sarojini Nagar, Bhikaji Kama, Moti Bagh, among others. DMRC, however, said it will look into Delhi government’s complaints against them.
“DMRC is extremely sensitive about the environment and takes a number of measures to control dust, wastage of water and avoiding air pollution near our construction sites. However, the situation in the areas pointed out will be reassessed and necessary environmental protection measures to the maximum extent possible taken,” DMRC said.
Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) informed Jain that they had carried out the third phase of inspections at 48 construction sites. Notices were served to 42 project proponents asking them to deposit fines of Rs 50,000.
DDA did not provide any action taken report and informed that no case of waste burning has been observed in the river zone, or “zone O”. Jain noted that no challans were issued by DDA despite several incidences of waste burning being reported from “zone O”.
The environment department informed the minister that slabs are being made to decide on the fine to be paid by erring builders based on plot size. PWD did not attend the meeting. They have been asked to submit an action taken report regarding inspections on the 1,260 km main roads under them. They will also have to inspect batch mixing plants in their areas.
The corporations will have to submit their progress report on installing display boards containing guidelines on prevention of dust pollution at construction sites. Police will also submit the details of challans issued in the last two months, particularly on vehicles or trucks found violating dust control norms while carrying construction materials.