Construction norms continue to be flouted despite NGT order
The contractor has piled up construction material on the main road, causing vehicles to crawl over mounds of cement and mud piled along the road
Apr 13, 2015
Source : The Times of India


NEW DELHI: The ongoing construction of the multi-level parking lot in Jangpura's A-block, which started in 2011, has become a headache for its residents. The contractor has piled up construction material on the main road, causing vehicles to crawl over mounds of cement and mud piled along the road, leaving the air hazy with dust.

Despite several complaints to local police and South Delhi Municipal Corporation, residents said, no action has been taken to keep the area clean and dust-free. "They are just not serious about curbing dust pollution. Our complaints have fallen on deaf ears. The firm has not even barricaded the area where construction work is going on,'' said Monu Chaddha, president of Jangpura RWA.

On Saturday, TOI visited some government projects that are under-construction and found that rules are being blatantly flouted despite the National Green Tribunal order. The NGT, had given government agencies a day to enforce construction rules to curb dust pollution. But till Saturday afternoon, none of the agencies had issued any orders in this regard.

PWD is constructing two foot-over-bridges (FOB) in Pandav Nagar and NH-24 near Akshardham flyover. At both the sites, construction material is piled up on the main roads and pavements. At Pandav Nagar, workers were found cutting and polishing tiles on the main road. "There is so much dust here. One has to cover the mouth while walking. People are forced to walk on the main road as pavements are encroached upon by construction workers," said Kishore, a resident. Similarly, on NH-24, PWD has dug up both sides of the road neat the FOB without putting up any barricades. The construction material is lying on the road.

Residents of Lodhi Colony said they have no option but to live in the polluted environment. Though construction work at Barapullah phase-II is in full swing, the project will take some time to complete. Most of the houses in the area near the construction site keep their balcony doors and windows closed. "There is so much dust pollution. The situation was worse till a few months back," said a fruit vendor.

According to the rules, contractors can't pile up construction material on main roads, they have to take measures like installing sprinklers to control dust pollution. While the court has asked government agencies to immediately enforce the rules, little activity was seen on ground a day after the NGT order.

Municipal corporations and PWD officials claim they have not received the order as yet. They will issue notices on Monday to all construction companies working on their projects. "We will go through the order and take appropriate action. Meanwhile, we have been imposing penalty on contractors for violating norms. We issued notices to private contractors,'' said Subhash Arya, leader of the house, South corporation.

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