Revenue dept, MCDs directed to monitor construction work
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Wednesday directed the Revenue department and the municipal corporations to jointly monitor construction work in the city. The government also said that the violators be penalised. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) subsequently instructed all its departments to pull up socks as the Delhi pollution stayed "severe" in the last few days. "Minister Imran Hussain observed that though climatic and meteorological conditions are beyond human control, there is a strong need for making sustained efforts in controlling the various sources of air pollution in Delhi," an official release of the government noted.
It added that various include preventing instances of burning in open; control of road and soil dust by regular sprinkling of water; proper management of construction and demolition waste by ensuring that building material is not only watered but is covered properly, buildings under construction and construction waste are covered with tarpaulin etc.; monitoring and controlling emissions from industrial units and vehicles; diversion of non-destined vehicles through Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways; promoting and encouraging more use of public transport; control and management of traffic especially at air pollution hot spots and congested roads or intersections etc.
The Minister directed the Municipal Corporations to increase enforcement of compliance of directions regarding the prohibition of permitting uncovered building material on their respective roads/spaces. They were also directed to ensure that during the period(s) of the ban on construction, no one indulges in such activities and that violators are strictly dealt with as per law. Further, for effective control of dust, conditions stipulated in the sanctioned building plan for construction of the building must be strictly followed by the owners and builders.
Meanwhile, all four zones under SDMC have been taking strict action against the incidents of air and dust pollution in their respective localities. Every zone has constituted 6 teams each for night patrolling The teams
slapped 479 challans in South Zone whereas 392 in Central Zone. During this month in South and Central Zone 8,600 kms road length was cleaned with the help of mechanical road sweepers. "In South Zone 479 challans were issued for open burning during night time. During this month five mechanical road sweepers undertook cleaning on 5,001 kms road length. Nearly 81 challans were slapped for violation of construction activities resulting in dust pollution and an amount of Rs. 211400 was collected as fine." noted an official release of SDMC.