NGT banned construction activities causing air pollution in Delhi-Nation Capital Region (NCR)
The directive was delivered by a bench headed by the NGT Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar, in order to check growing menace of air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR).
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.