Gurugram: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has pointed out that the cases of construction and demolition waste dumping, open garbage dumping and burning have gone up in the city. The feedback came after the inspection carried out by the special team appointed by the CPCB across 644 location in Delhi-NCR to find out factors behind the rise in air quality index levels.
The air quality inspection was carried out from October 7 to December 18 in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Sonipat.
In the recent report submitted by the team, Udyog Vihar again feaured as one of the polluting hotspots in the region. Open waste dumping and unpaved roads are the major contributor of pollution in the city.
The report highlighted that a total of 3685 violations were recorded in Delhi-NCR during this period, of which, 1033 cases of open garbage dumping, 957 cases of construction and demolition waste dumping, 468 cases of unpaved road, 333 cases of road dust, 231 cases of garbage burning, 190 cases of traffic congestion and 111 cases of industrial waste dumping were reported.
Of these, 10.2 per cent cases of C&D waste dumping, 10 per cent cases of garbage burning, 13.5 per cent industrial waste dumping were reported from Gurugram (South) region whereas 4.2 per cent cases of traffic congestion was reported from Gurugram (North) region.
On the other hand, the residents pointed that the city lacks legislative support and infrastructure for implementation of MoEFCC Rules 2016.
“The rules were promulgated to protect the environment, encourage resource conservation and protect public health focusing on scientific waste management practices with the cornerstone being the three golden rules of reduce, reuse and recycle. There is no integrated approach towards all categories of waste generators to create a culture of recycling or composting,” said Ruchika Sethi Takkar, founder of Citizens for Clean Air.
“All stakeholders of the millennium city must come together and execute their respective roles in minimising and segregating the consequences of consumptions and prioritising human health and environment safety without losing anymore time,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) officials claimed that adequate preventive action has been taken by implementing agencies to combat the increasing pollution level.
“The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has already initiated cleanliness drive in the Udyog Vihar area and clearing C&D waste and solid waste from the vicinity. They are also removing the encroachment and abandoned vehicles.” HSPCB official said.
Earlier this week, HSPCB had also issued notices to 142 under construction sites and directed them to deploy anti –smog gun at construction site and keep proper record of operation of the same.
“It was decided that anti-smog guns must be made compulsory for construction project having built-up area more than 20,000 sqm, particularly for excavation, material handling and other dust generation activities. At least, one anti-smog gun to be deployed at every construction site having built-up area more than 20,000 sqm, which may be mounted on truck so as to cover entire construction area,” HSPCB official said.