Authorities in Delhi have imposed fines amounting to over Rs 2 crore for construction dust norm violations since October 14, with major projects, including the Pragati Maidan redevelopment plan, coming under the scanner.
The South and East corporations have issued over 1,200 challans during this period, which has seen a major spike in pollution levels, as per official records. Challans were also issued for dumping building waste at undesignated places.
Records show that since October 15, the South body issued over 350 challans amounting to Rs 1.38 crore against construction activities emitting dust, whereas the East body issued more than 380 challans amounting to Rs 37 lakh for the same.
With C&D waste dumping also a contributor to heightened levels of dust in the air, the two civic bodies together imposed 548 challans amounting to Rs 39 lakh against it since October 15.
The North body issued 1,585 challans amounting to Rs 3.37 crore against construction dust, and 1,261 challans of Rs 3.39 crore against C&D waste dumping since May.
“Pragati Maidan redevelopment project contractor was fined Rs 1 crore two months ago by the SC-monitoring committee. A fine of Rs 5 lakh was slapped on the contractor of the International Convention & Exhibition Centre project by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee three months ago. The ITPO project is regularly being monitored by the CPCB,” DPCC member secretary Arun Misra told The Indian Express.