Huda on January 3 issued an advisory to check pollution caused by construction sites.
The advisory has directed builders and individual contractors to follow all construction norms, such as covering trucks and vehicles that carry construction material, and has also asked them not to burn any kind of waste, including plastic material or tree leaves in open areas.
The advisory, issued by the newly appointed Huda administrator Hardeep Singh, stated that every builder or house owner is advised to put tarpaulin around the area of construction, so that dust emissions from the construction site are controlled. “Construction material of any kind that is stored in the site should also be fully covered. Construction material, particularly sand, cannot be stored on any part of the street,” stated the advisory.
Last year, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) inspected 33 construction sites across the city, and served notices to 27 developers who were found violating norms, of which 22 had to pay penalties ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh per violation.
The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), 2010 guidelines on construction methods make it mandatory for construction companies to cover the construction site with a boundary sheet/wall, construction material shouldn’t be left in open, vehicles carrying construction material should be fully covered and install sprinklers to control air pollution caused by construction activities.