- The Noida Authority has issued notices against 18 builders for causing dust pollution.
- Real estate developers Supertech and Ajnara have been fined Rs 50,000 for violating NGT norms.
- Construction and demolition activity has been banned for 7 days in order to control air pollution.
DELHI: The Noida Authority has issued notices against 18 builders and fined real estate majors Supertech and Ajnara Rs 50,000 for violating National Green Tribunal (NGT) norms in Sector 74.
The move came as Delhi has been grappling with high air pollution for several days now, with the amount of Particulate Matter (PM) in the air at severe levels. The government has also prohibited all construction and demolition in the city for 7 days, in an effort to prevent construction dust and debris from getting into the air.
In 2015, the NGT had asked the Noida and Greater Noida authorities to ensure that construction sites were following the guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).
However, residents living in the area claim that no action was taken on the ground, leading to a spike in respiratory and health problems.
Meanwhile, developer lobbies have opposed the authority’s directives, claiming that the current level of air pollution in the city was due to crop burning and vehicular traffic.
They claim that building sites are often covered, with water being used to control the dust in the air and say banning construction is not the solution.