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Nov

Noida: Teams formed to enforce green tribunal guidelines, check pollution – Hindustan Times

The district administration has, once again, constituted teams to tackle the rising pollution in Gautam Budh Nagar. Officials said they will crack down on industrialists and builders who are not adhering to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) guidelines.

The air quality index of Noida was recorded at 365 on Saturday, classified as very poor. Officials said the levels of pollutants were multiple times the permissible limits.

District magistrate BN Singh has asked the officials at the regional office of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to prepare a report on those harming the environment by not following the NGT guidelines. Based on the report, the city magistrate will issue notices and penalties.

Five teams comprising officials of UPPCB and Greater Noida authority will survey Greater Noida to identify industries and builders who are not adhering to norms. Ten such will conduct a similar survey in Noida.

“These teams were constituted after the 2015 orders but the pollution level is high during the winter, so we are doing the survey all over again. In the last two years, fines over Rs2 crore, each, has been recovered from offenders in Noida and Greater Noida. We have motivated our officers to crack down on industries and sites polluting the air,” a UPPCB official said.

The teams will check if builders are taking dust control measures to prevent air pollution. As per directions, builders have to put tarpaulin on scaffolding around the area of construction and the building. No person, including builder or owner, can store any construction material, particularly sand, on any part of the street or roads.

Officials said they will take strict action against builders found flouting the norms in the survey.

“All construction materials and debris will be carried in trucks or other vehicles that are fully covered and protected to ensure that it doesn’t get dispersed into the air or atmosphere. The dust emissions from the construction site should be completely controlled and necessary precautions should be taken. The vehicles ferrying construction material and construction debris should be cleaned before it is permitted to ply on the road after unloading the materials,” said BN Singh, district magistrate.

“We impose penalties based on the report. We have to take all the possible measures to keep the environment livable,” Singh said.

Builders who are not providing masks to those working at construction sites who are involved in loading, unloading and carrying construction material and debris will also be served a notice.

As per the law, every owner or builder has to provide all medical help, including investigation and treatment, to the workers involved in the construction of a building.

“It is the responsibility of every builder to transport construction material and debris waste to dumping site or any other place in accordance with rules and regulations. Builders have to put wind breaking walls around construction sites,” the UPPCB official said.

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