The Delhi government Monday announced it had collected Rs 1,18,50,000 as fines from construction sites that had violated dust-control norms.
“Environment Minister Imran Hussain reviewed the progress of ongoing environmental drives in Delhi for prohibition of burning of any kind of garbage, leaves, waste, plastic, rubber etc. and dust control at construction sites,” said a government official.
According to government officials – during the various drives undertaken by Environment Impact Assessment Cell of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) – 139 notices imposing the environmental compensation have been issued to 67 construction projects found defaulting on dust-control measures, between December 2015 till date. These include 14 under the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The notices were issued by different government departments, including the revenue department, the south, east and north MCDs, the New Delhi Municipal Council, the Delhi Development Authority, the Public Works Department and the DPCC.
The revenue department visited the maximum sites (654) and issued 467 challans for those not following dust-control measures. The department also visited 301 sites and issued 89 challans for burning activity.
Government officials said Hussain has directed all departments to prepare lists of defaulters who have not deposited compensation against challans, and to produce the list before the National Green Tribunal with a copy to the DPCC. So far, only the North MCD has filed details of 156 defaulters before the Tribunal.
The special secretary (environment) informed the government that at least three different incidents of burning of leaves or garbage have been observed in the ‘O’ zone area (flood plain of the Yamuna) in April.
However, government officials said, the Director Horticulture N/W, DDA said inspections have been conducted in 42 parks in northwest division and 550 parks have been inspected in southeast division. No challans had been issued.
At an environment department meeting, it was decided all MCDs should also submit an action plan for roadside dust-control. Pictures of construction material waste found lying on the roadside will be uploaded on the Swachh Delhi App, said an official.
The environment minister also directed all MCDs to take corrective measures at landfill sites. He also directed that fire brigades be stationed at all landfill sites to control fire hazards, and said rag-pickers should not be allowed to enter the sites. He also insisted the MCDs clear all garbage dumps daily.
The representative officer from Traffic Police said between January and May, 206 offenders were fined for carrying building material without proper covering.