Follow Construction Norms or Face Action: Noida Tells Public, Private Builders
If living in national capital Delhi is akin to being in a gas chamber, it only gets worse if you are sticking with the periphery. Air pollution levels in adjoining cities such as Noida and Ghaziabad are seen registering higher levels than those seen in the Capital, if new findings are to be believed. Dust storms are only making matters worse.
As concerns on rising pollution levels in the periphery deepened, the Union environment ministry asked authorities in the NCR to follow construction norms. However, it is found that government agencies themselves are failing to do that.
The Gautam Budh District Administration has, for instance, issued notices to several government agencies for polluting the air in the city. The agencies that have received notices from the district administration for flouting environment norms include the National Highways Authority of India, the National Building Construction Company and the Dedicated Freight Corridor of India.
“These three agencies have been found flouting environmental norms and causing air pollution. We have asked them to adhere to the norms or face action,” Noida District Magistrate BN Singh was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.
While the two other companies received a notice for the first time, the NBCC has turned out to be a repeat offender. A fine of Rs 5 lakh was slapped on the company twice for storing construction material in the open. It was also found during inspections that the agency transported building materials in open vehicles. Since the offence continued even after two notices, a third notice has been sent now.
Simultaneously, real estate developers are also facing the heat. Recently, the Greater Noida Authority issued notices to 150 realtors to adhere to construction norms with an aim to stop the quality of the air from deteriorating further. Most of the over 200 housing projects in Greater Noida are in various stages of construction and are seen polluting the air by not sticking to construction norms. Fines are also being slapped on those violating norms.