GHAZIABAD: Construction activities of the ongoing housing projects in Ghaziabad are ordered to be temporarily stopped by the district administration on Monday owing to massive rise of air pollution in the city. The order, is going to remain enforced for a time period of one week, aims to contain dust emanating from the construction sites which play a role in air pollution.
In order to curb pollution, the directives are issued to various local government agencies and civic bodies, which will be followed over the next few days. District magistrate of Ghaziabad, Nidhi Kesharwani, has issued direction to the housing projects in Ghaziabad in this regard and also directed civic bodies to ensure complete prohibition of garbage burning in open areas by imposing hefty fines. The directions were issued in a high-level meeting held at the district collectorate on Monday to chalk out measures to contain pollution.
The general public works department will also suspend all its construction works at present, which are being undertaken by it within the district. Hot mix plants have already shut.
Necessary instructions have been issued to the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) to make sure construction works shall remain halted for a week. Vehicular pollution is also being checked out. The transport department as well as the traffic police have already been forwarded to conduct an enormous checking operation to identify vehicles plying without the right pollution-under-control certificates and fitness certificates.
Furthermore, municipal bodies have been asked to sprinkle water on main roads in order to prevent road dust from contributing to pollution. In order to protect kids from the air pollution, a day earlier, the district administration had ordered closure of all government and government-aided schools up to Class II levels.
Residents within the city also have risen towards the occasion to fight pollution even as the sky was little better on Monday. The Federation of Apartment Owners’ Associations (FedAOA) issued a circular amongst group housing societies on Monday asking these to limit the usage of diesel-run power back-up systems during electricity outages.
“Group Housing societies have been asked to run diesel-run gensets just for lighting up of common areas as well as for operating lifts. Housing socities have prohibited the burning of garbage in open areas and sprinkling of water in locations that are causing dust pollution in their premises,”.
Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), said it is managing its resources to make sure uninterrupted supply which would thereby lead to decrease in the usage of polluting diesel-run gensets. “We are trying to provide 24X7 power source in every regions of the town. At present, outages are close to nil because demands are low,” discom chief engineer, SK Gupta.
Meanwhile, in order to tackle vehicular pollution, the Federation of RWAs of Ghaziabad has embarked upon a symbolic Car-Free Day on November 10.