Action on construction sites for pollution-related offence, 72 fined Rs 65 lakh: SDMC

Action on construction sites for pollution-related offence, 72 fined Rs 65 lakh: SDMC

The Building Department of SDMC’s South Zone has launched a massive drive to control dust pollution in its area. The special drive has been aimed to curb pollution caused by Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste during the course of construction activities.

The department has initiated stringent action against the offenders found to be violating the orders and guidelines issued by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) in terms of environmental conditions, construction and demolition activities, it said.

During the last one week, the department has fined as many as 72 companies/builders/owners amounting to nearly Rs 65 lakh for not adhering with orders and guidelines of the DPCC, it said.

The South Zone’s Building Department has observed grave violations in some big projects being executed by the NBCC and has imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh against them, it said.

“The different projects within the complex of IIT (Delhi) were also found violating the said guidelines and imposed the total fine of Rs 20 lakh accordingly. One project known as Sports Injury Centre-Safdarjung Hospital has also been imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh.  Other big projects relating to re-development, heavy fines have been imposed by the department.  Private builders / owners have also been imposed challans after finding violation of the DPCC norms,” it said.

To curb pollution, hot spots areas are being kept under constant surveillance and monitoring by the officials of the Building Department.

The measures under Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), as issued by the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority, are being enforced in this regard, it said.

The concerned officials have been keeping strict watch and vigil on all such under-construction sites with a view to ensuring that all preventive measures to lessen the pollution are being taken by the owners/builders, it said.