The state pollution control board on Monday asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to submit a compliance report with regard to directives issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the ongoing development projects in Huda sectors within a week .
The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has also asked the authority to detail compliance with NGT’s Vardhaman Kaushik case order, November 2016, to improve ambient air quality in Delhi-NCR, in the report.
“The board has asked the Huda to produce a report on various steps taken by the authority to curb air pollution in the city. As most of the small units’ construction takes place in Huda sectors, it is the responsibility of the authority to take action against violators,” Bhupender Singh, regional officer, HSPCB, said.
The move comes after the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) asked the Huda to submit a report on steps taken to monitor air quality, which has remained ‘poor’ and ‘severe’ in Gurgaon in the last three months.
To check on the ambient air quality in the region, the NGT has constituted a centralised monitoring committee under the chairmanship of the secretary, Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) and a state-level committee headed by the state secretary.
The CPCB had issued an order regarding prevention, control or abatement to air pollution and improvement of ambient air quality, under section 18 (1) (b) of the Air Act, 1981 after the NGT issued the Vardhaman Kaushik case order.
According to the order, burning of waste of any kind should be prohibited, roads should be mechanically cleaned and there should be no undue traffic congestion in the city. Also, as it was noticed that construction material has been lying uncovered in the open, the responsible authority was asked to take steps in its area to comply with
The Wazirabad and Chakkarpur projects, in which natural drains are being concreted, are also under scrutiny as these projects contribute to air pollution because of large scale construction without following environment norms, the CPCB order said.
Apart from development projects, a status report on the construction activities in Huda sectors is also required to be submitted to the committee.