In perhaps the first ever arrest for offence against environment, personnel of Bisrakh police station have detained an employee of a construction company on Saturday. The action was taken on the very day the revised guidelines from Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) came into effect.
A police team, along with the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), raided the site, stopped the construction work and arrested the employee for continuing with construction activity at his site in Greater Noida West on Saturday afternoon in violation of the new guidelines.
The accused was detained on the orders of the district magistrate, BN Singh, who gave strict instructions to his officials to take action against people who don't follow the blanket ban on construction in the district.
Likewise, the district administration raided several other sites in Gautam Buddh Nagar where construction activity was going on despite the ban on it.
In another incident, on Friday, a team led by SDM Sadar closed down a brick kiln in village Dhakwala in Dankaur of Gautam Budh Nagar which was flouting the norms of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
After the team, including officials from police, administration, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and fire department, reached the spot, water was poured on the kilns causing air pollution.
Notably, the UPPCB had also penalised nine individuals for generating dust in Greater Noida and a total penalty of Rs 5,25,000 was imposed on Thursday. The fine varied from Rs 25,000 to 1 lakh on the violators.
Meanwhile, the AQI at Greater Noida recorded at 3 pm was 428 still 'hazardous' and on the orders of District Magistrate BN Singh the school remained closed on Saturday. As per the tweet by the DM, further instruction about closing school on Monday will be taken on Sunday evening after considering factors such as AQI, particulate levels and other guidelines by EPCA.