As many as 14 construction sites of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have been found violating the prescribed norms to keep dust pollution in check and they have been asked to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 each, the Delhi government said Wednesday.
Challans have also been issued to 42 other construction sites along with contractors of the metro sites, said Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain.
In an official statement, the DMRC said, “The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is extremely sensitive about the environment and takes a number of measures to control dust, wastage of water and for having proper air quality near our construction sites… however, with regard to the areas pointed out at some of the Metro construction sites, we will be re-assessing the situation and will take necessary environmental protection measures to the maximum extent possible”.
The government and its agencies — the three municipal corporations, the department of revenue and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) — have also been cracking down on the open burning of leaves, said Jain.
The minister said that DPCC officials have started inspections in the third phase, during which they also visited 48 construction sites which were found violating norms in the first two phases.
The pollution-control body is also cracking down on those violating rules on leaf burning, garbage disposal and dust control.
In a month-and-a-half, the revenue department has collected nearly Rs 41 lakh and issued 373 challans over violations pertaining to dust pollution, said Jain.The agency has also collected Rs 95,000 by imposing fines on those burning waste in the open, he said.