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Noida administration asks authority to act on 18 builders flouting norms, two fined

The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration asked the Noida authority to issue a notice to 18 builders for violating construction norms and failing to rein in dust pollution. Ajnara group and Supertech have been slapped with ₹50,000 fine for the violation, officials said.

noida Updated: Nov 07, 2016 13:39 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Pollution in Ghaziabad
Pollution is on a rise after Diwali. Authority will now crack down on those erring.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration asked the Noida authority to issue a notice to 18 builders for violating construction norms and failing to rein in dust pollution. Ajnara group and Supertech have been slapped with ₹50,000 fine for the violation, officials said.

“I have asked the Noida authority to take notice of these acts and take strict action against such builders,” NP Singh, district magistrate, said.

Post Diwali, residents of Delhi and NCR have been struggling with the poor quality of air and subsequent smog. Schools in Delhi have already been asked to close down for three days and residents have been asked to stay indoors.

Taking a cue, the administration asked all government and private schools in the district to declare leave for students up to class 2 students for Monday and Tuesday. For other classes, schools have been asked to operate from 9am to 1pm. Students have been asked to stay indoors during school hours.

“We had a meeting with principals, parents and child specialists regarding the pollution. As young children and old people are the most vulnerable during this time, we decided to give them relief,” Singh said.

“Many working parents said that older class students are likely to indulge in outdoor activities if they stay at home. Therefore, we decided to open the school for them so that they stay indoors,” Singh said.

The Ghaziabad district administration also issued directives to primary and government schools in this regard.

“All government schools have been asked to declare leave for students of class 1 and 2; private schools for nursery students. Remaining students will attend school from 9am to 1pm,” Nidhi Kesarwani, district magistrate, Ghaziabad, said.

The district administration of Gautam Budh Nagar has also issued a ten point advisory.

“All construction will be stopped for seven days. Industries have been asked to use minimum fuel and install air pollution control system. The district will receive 24 hours electricity supply to check diesel generator use,” Singh said.

The administration advised residents to avoid physical activities in the open and to check burning of garbage and household waste.

“Noida authority will also run a campaign to check burning of household waste and sprinkle water on roads,” Singh said.

The administration will also carry out campaigns to check pollution control certificates (PUCs) of vehicles.

“All vehicles will be inspected for PUCs and pollution control centres will be inspected by authorities concerned. Heavy vehicles that run on diesel will be inspected for overloading,” Singh said.

All construction and earthen works will also be stopped for the next seven days.

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