NGT calls for list of polluting builders in NOIDA

From ET Realty

NOIDA: National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Noida Authority to provide a detailed report with evidence of violation, of all real estate developers flouting its orders on March 1. The directions follow objections raised by several realtors that they were being wrongly framed by the development authority. So far the Noida Authority has fined 11 builders and issued show-cause notices to another 70.

NGT last week had once again reiterated that civic bodies and public authorities in Delhi-NCR check air pollution caused by dust emanating from construction sites and initiate action against real estate developers violating environmental norms. The green panel had also asked authorities to strictly impose a fine of Rs 50,000 on builders who are violating the Environment Ministry’s 2010 guidelines on constructions.

According to Noida Authority officials, after they had imposed fines and issued show-cause notices to truant developers, some realtors had approached the green court for reprieve on February 26. “Developers had informed the NGT that they were being wrongly accused of flouting norms,” said Saumya Srivastava, Deputy CEO, Noida Authority. “NGT then directed us to submit a detailed report of all those violating its directions. We have now collected details of specific violations committed by the developers along with photographs and the respective area project engineer’s report. This will be submitted in the NGT on March 1 to inform the green court that real estate developers are violating norms with impunity and need to be taken to task,” Srivastava said.

The DCEO further said that in accordance with NGT’s directions, they had also fined people for flouting sanitation and horticulture norms. “We have levied a fine on 53 people who were littering the environment and also burning garbage and green waste,” Srivastava said. “Moreover, we have put into place 216 compost pits across the city so that people can dump their green waste in them. These pits will be used to convert the green waste into manure. We will now create awareness about these pits and encourage people to use them,” he added.

Meanwhile, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authorities too have adopted a strict stance against anyone violating laid down green norms. While Greater Noida Authority has already fined 40 builders, Rs 50,000 each, with projects under construction in Greater Noida, YEIDA is in the process of issuing show-cause notices and penalising violators. “We have issued a public notice to warn developers and will start fining them this week,” said a YEIDA official.

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