The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 10 April 2015 imposed ban on all construction activities in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) that do not follow the guidelines provided by the then Union Ministry of Environment and Forest in 2010.
The directive was delivered by a bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, NGT chairman, in order to check growing menace of air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
Key points of the NGT order
• Workers employed in the construction site or engaged in loading and unloading of building materials should be provided with masks.
• Every builder and owner should put tarpaulin sheets around area of construction.
• No person, including builder and owner, is allowed to throw construction material particularly sand on the roads or inside colonies.
• Construction material of any kind that is stored at the building site would be properly covered so that it does not disperse through air.
• While carrying construction material and debris, the transport vehicles shall be covered fully.
• If any builder or owner is found violating the above norms at the construction site or during transportation of construction debris, he/she will be liable to a fine up to 50000 rupees and 5000 rupees respectively.
• The authorities in Delhi-NCR shall make efforts to increase tree cover and should take immediate steps to enhance the capacity for reutilisation and recycling of Construction and Demolition waste.
What: Imposed by NGT
When: 10 April 2015