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Delhi pollution: East Corporation to charge for construction and demolition waste

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) will levy charges to carry construction debris at the time of approving the building plan. The moves comes a day after similar charges were announced by South Delhi Municipal Corporation.

delhi Updated: Mar 01, 2017 11:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Nearly 500 tonnes of construction debris is generated in East Delhi daily.
Nearly 500 tonnes of construction debris is generated in East Delhi daily.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

East Delhi residents will soon have to pay for their construction and demolition waste.

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation will levy the charge at the time of the building plan approval. The decision was taken a day after South Delhi Municipal Corporation passed a similar resolution on Monday.

The SDMC has decided to impose the processing fee of Rs 205 per metric tonne at the time of sanctioning a building plan and Rs 225 per metric tonne for lifting waste. The transportation charges would be increased by 10% every two year.

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A proposal prepared by the department of environment management services of EDMC was reviewed by commissioner Mohanjeet Singh on Tuesday. It will be placed before the house for final approval.

“According to proposal, whenever an individual will approach us for reconstructing/repairing his/her house, we will calculate the average quantity of C&D waste. In addition to this, we will also calculate the number of days during which the waste would be generated,” said a senior EDMC official.

Based on that assessment, the agency at the time of approving the building plan will impose a processing fee at the rate of Rs 375 per tonne and Rs 250 per tonne as transport fees for carrying the debris from the construction site to the processing plant at Shastri Park.

The initiative has been taken in accordance with the C&D Waste Management Rules notified in 2016. As per the rules, any user generating over 20 tonnes a day or 300 tonnes per project in a month will have to pay for processing and disposing C&D waste besides paying for its storage, collection and transportation.

“Though the people constructing houses are not permanent generators of such waste but debris is produced in bulk during the demolition of house/building,” said the EDMC official. According to him, the initiative will help prevent illegal dumping of ‘malba’ and curb dust pollution.

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As of now, nearly 500 tonnes of construction and demolition waste is generated every day in the EDMC areas. The corporation has designated 15 sites where small quantities can be dumped.

But it has been observed that even bulk generators dump their waste at these sites to avoid paying the fees. To overcome the problem, the EDMC has asked its officials to impose heavy fine on defaulters . It has also made an action plan to stop the illegal dumping of waste at open sites especially near unauthorised colonies.

“Though there is a challan of up to Rs 5,000 for dumping waste illegally but most of them dump garbage in night to evade fine,” an official said.