The district administration of Ghaziabad, on Monday, has ordered all construction activities of real estate projects in Ghaziabad to be shut down due to massive levels of air pollution in the city. The order, to be enforced for a period of one week, aims to contain dust emanating from the construction sites which contribute to air pollution.
The order is among a set of directives, issued upon local government agencies and civic bodies, to be followed over the next few days in order to curb pollution. District magistrate of Ghaziabad, Nidhi Kesharwani, also directed civic bodies to ensure complete prohibition of garbage burning in open areas by imposing hefty fines. The directions were issued during a high-level meeting held at the district collectorate on Monday to chalk out measures to contain pollution.
The public works department has been asked to suspend all construction works at present being undertaken by it in the district. Hot mix plants have been asked to shut down.
“Necessary instructions have been issued to the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) to ensure real estate construction works are halted for a week. Vehicular pollution is also being looked at. The transport department and the traffic police have been directed to conduct a massive checking operation to identify vehicles plying without proper pollution-under-control certificates and fitness certificates,” Kesharwani said.
Furthermore, municipal bodies have been asked to sprinkle water on main roads in order to contain road dust from contributing to pollution. A day earlier, the district administration had ordered closure of all government and government-aided schools up to Class II levels in order to protect kids from the air pollution.
Residents in the city have also risen to the occasion to fight pollution even as the skies cleared up marginally on Monday. The Federation of Apartment Owners’ Associations (FedAOA) issued a circular amongst housing societies on Monday asking them to limit the usage of diesel-run power back-up systems during electricity outages.
“Housing societies have been asked to run diesel-run gensets only for lighting up of common areas and for operating lifts. We have societies to prohibit burning of garbage in open areas and sprinkling of water in places that are causing dust pollution within their premises,” FedAOA president, DK Maurya, said.
The power discom, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), said it is managing its resources to ensure uninterrupted supply which would thereby lead to reduction in the use of polluting diesel-run gensets. “We are trying to provide 24X7 power supply in all areas of the city. At present, outages are close to nil because demands are low,” discom chief engineer, SK Gupta said.
Meanwhile, in order to tackle vehicular pollution, the Federation of RWAs of Ghaziabad has embarked upon a symbolic Car-Free Day on November 10.