Pollution control boards slap Rs 2.76 crore fine for violating air pollution norms in NCR
Environment compensation amounting to Rs 1.59 crore has been imposed on construction sites that violated air pollution norms during surprise checks in December by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Another Rs 1.17 crores was imposed on those violating air pollution norms during transportation of construction and demolition waste according to the CPCB.
The Commission for Air Quality Management for Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas had directed the CPCB, the State Pollution Control Boards of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi Pollution Control Committee to constitute special teams and launch inspection drives at construction sites, during processes and transportation of materials related to Construction & Demolition (C&D) in NCR.
Inspections were conducted by these agencies from December 24 to 31 by constituting 227 teams. These teams carried out surprise checks and inspections at more than 3,000 C&D sites of wherein it was found that about 386 sites were non-compliant with the various C&D Waste Management Rules and dust mitigation measures stipulated by the MoEFCC and the CPCB. They also ordered work to be stopped at 12 locations.
About 325 vehicles were found to be violating norms related to transportation of C&D materials. Fortnightly inspection drives will be continued according to a statement by the Commission on Monday.
Professor Nilofar Khan, who has 30 years of teaching experience, has been appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of the University of Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. The order of appointment was issued by Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha in his capacity of being the chancellor of the university. She will be replacing Professor Talat Ahmad, who completed his second tenure as the V-C of the university which began in August 2018.
Given the spike in terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and threats issued by various terror outfits, the upcoming annual Amarnath Yatra starting June 30 to the cave shrine at 13,000ft in south Kashmir is going to be a litmus test for the government. One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimages in India, the yatra is resuming after two years.
Jammu divisional commissioner Ramesh Kumar along with additional director general of police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh, handed over an appointment letter and ex gratia to the family of Rahul Bhat, a migrant Kashmiri Pandit government employee who was gunned down in the Valley recently. A financial assistance of ₹5 lakh was also handed over to the family. Jammu deputy commissioner Avny Lavasa had also accompanied Kumar.
Following the conviction of banned JKLF chief Yasin Malik by a Delhi court in a terror funding case on Thursday, wife of late Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna, Shalini Khanna, said she was confident of getting justice for Yasin Malik. “Bad deeds lead to bad outcomes,” said the 70-year-old, while demanding Malik be sent to the gallows. Squadron leader Khanna was shot 27 times with an AK assault rifle.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed to have solved the Baramulla grenade attack case on a liquor shop with the arrest of four Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists and a terror associate. The police identified the four militants as Shahid Showkat Bala, Safeer Ahmad Mir, Moh Maroof Saleh and Faisal Shaban Gojri, all residents of Baramulla while their associate Hatif Ahmad Sofi was from Arampora.