The Ghaziabad district magistrate on Tuesday ordered suspension of all construction activities for seven days in order to curb rising air pollution. The order was issued to all agencies that carry out construction including the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA), municipal corporation and builders.
“All builders and agencies such as the municipal corporation, Ghaziabad development authority and other departments have been directed to stop construction activities for a week. This is in the wake of rising air pollution,” district magistrate Nidhi Kesarwani said on Tuesday.
On Monday, she had asked different departments to undertake measures to check air pollution. The order had asked the pollution board to inspect all industrial units within three days to check if they are operating with proper no-objection certificates (NOCs).
The order had also directed the public works department (PWD) to suspend earth related works and stop the operation of hot mix plants along with mining related works in their projects for a week. Police and transport departments were also asked to check vehicles plying without following pollution-control norms.
“We have directed all our enforcement and engineering department officials to especially stop the operation of hot mix plants, black topping of roads, digging, and other activities that give rise to air pollution. The directions will be applicable to GDA’s housing schemes as well,” said DP Singh, the authority’s officer on special duty.
“Developers have also been directed to follow NGT norms for construction sites. They have further been asked to get construction material covered and sprinkle water at sites,” he added.
A majority of construction activities are underway for GDA’s housing schemes at Madhuban Bapudham, Sihani Gate and privately developed projects at Raj Nagar Extension (RNE). GDA’s vice-chairman Vijay Kumar Yadav did not respond to calls.
“There is already massive air pollution in areas such as RNE. We have to keep doors and windows closed. Activities such as burning of garbage and operation of hot mix plants has been prevalent in the past. In one instance, we had to even lodge an FIR. The officials must enforce and implement the orders by the DM and the NGT,” said Vikrant Sharma, an environmental activist