The Noida Authority has asked all construction contractors to display details of work and contact numbers at the site so that residents can complain if the construction is causing pollution in the neighbourhood.
The authority has issued specific guidelines for contractors.
“We have sent the contractors a copy of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order, which details the steps that need to be taken at an under- construction site to mitigate pollution,” said Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO), Noida authority.
There are several infrastructure projects — elevated road, underpasses, Metro, bridge widening, road laying and sewage network repair — under way in Noida, apart from realty projects.
Residents complain that private contractors carrying out the construction flout all NGT guidelines and cause a lot of dust pollution.
“Almost all roads in Noida are witnessing some sort of construction activity, be it an underpass or Metro. And rules are being flouted rampantly causing a nuisance to the public. Air quality was already worse in city and now, due to multiple construction activities, air quality is extremely hazardous,” said VS Negi, a resident of Sector 53.
The authority has also directed the water department to sprinkle water on roadsides and in construction sites to keep the dust from flying.
“We produce around 150 million litres of recycled water daily. We have decided to sprinkle the same at all construction sites daily so that the dust does not pollute the air,” said Srivastava.
In 2010, guidelines released by the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) said that a realtor, individual or contractor needs to take several precautions during construction activity.
These included protection of vegetation around a construction site, sprinkling water to settle the dust, use of cleaner fuel in construction machinery and covering debris with a sheet to prevent dust dispersion at the site.