NGT cracks whip on dust pollution, tells builders to follow guidelines
The National Green Tribunal on Friday passed a slew of directions to the real estate sector to check air pollution caused by dust emanating from construction sites in the National Capital Region, including wearing of masks by construction workers mandatory.delhi Updated: Apr 11, 2015 00:07 IST
“Every worker working on the construction site or engaged in loading and unloading of building materials shall be provided with masks and the owner or builder will be under obligation to provide them so,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.
Any developer, if found violating the orders, will have to pay a fine of Rs 50,000.
The green bench said: “All corporations, authority or instrumentality of state vested with the power of sanctioning a plan, drawings for construction for any commercial, residential or construction of any small plots would impose a clear condition that sanction of plan is subject to strictly compliance of the MoEF 2010 guidelines on raising construction”.
It directed every builder and owner to put tarpaulin sheets around area of construction and said no person, including builder and owner, would be permitted to throw construction material, particularly sand, on the roads or inside colonies.
“Dust emissions from construction sites will be completely controlled by all authorities and the vehicles used for transportation of building material shall be properly cleaned before it is permitted to ply on the roads,” the bench said and asked the builders to plant trees in large numbers to create a green belt.
Builders in Noida said they were serious to mitigate pollution. “We have a meeting and issued letters to all realtors, asking them to adhere to construction norms,” said Gitambar Anand, CMD of ATS Builders and national president of CREDAI, a realtors’ body.
Confusion in Haryana
But in Haryana, the authorities were still confused on how and who will implement the orders. Officials said they had no information on the issue.
“We have not received the orders yet and do not know what has to be implemented. We will get the orders on Saturday and take action accordingly,” said Balraj Ahlawat, regional officer, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Gurgaon.
The HUDA administrator had asked the State Town Planner (STP) to comply with the NGT orders. The town and country planning department passed the buck to the state pollution control board (HSPCB), saying it did not have the technical knowhow to measure pollution.
The town and country planning department issued 16 notices to construction projects along Golf Course Road and Golf Course Extension Road.
Buyers to protest
Home buyers in Noida and Greater Noida panicked after the order. They said they would begin a series of protests against the Uttar Pradesh government, Noida and Greater Noida authorities, the central government, realtors and the NGT too. They will stage their first protest at Gaur City Chowk in Greater Noida on Sunday. They said buyers were suffering for no fault of theirs.