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KMC to soon have personnel for collection & removal of demolition waste

Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will soon have some empanelled persons for collection and removal of demolition waste, following which it will be recycled. The step by the Building department is aimed at bringing down air pollution in the city.

The civic body will soon bring an amendment in the Building Rule 20 of 2009, to include the provisions for having empanelled persons in this regard, with the aim of provision for demolition waste management.

The Member, Mayor-in-Council (MMiC) led by Mayor Firhad Hakim has already approved the decision and it is expected to be passed in the monthly meeting scheduled next month. Following this, the matter will be sent to the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department for the final approval.

"We have identified some places in the city for setting up the infrastructure for recycling demolition waste. The process for setting up such small units has already started," said Debabrata Majumder, MMiC (Solid Waste Management).

It may be mentioned that a number of complaints regarding illegal stacking of construction materials on road and footpath causing harassment to general public and pedestrians have reached the office of the Commissioner and the Mayor.

The National Green Tribunal has prodded the administration to take strong measures against defaulters. This has contributed to the civic body taking serious measures to address the issue.

In the month of August, Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed had directed the Director General (Building) to take up regular drives against illegal stacking of building materials on roads and footpaths.

He had further instructed the DG (Building) to take legal action against the defaulters with the help of the License department, Solid Waste Management department, borough executive engineers and the local police station.

The Commissioner had also directed the DG to submit action taken report against the offenders to the Mayor and his office from time to time.

It may be mentioned that as per directions of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board with regards to air pollution, KMC is keeping a close watch to ensure that all construction materials meant for road, building or similar purposes are transported in covered condition.

The civic body is also taking steps to dispose debris from the construction site at the earliest in consultation with the local authority, following proper environmental management practices.

"We also issue notices to owners of construction sites in different Boroughs to maintain environmental norms. Follow up action like stop-work notice has been issued to different construction sites in the recent past," an official in the Building department said.

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