Irrespective of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) being effective, the irresponsible construction work is going on full swing in the city. The latest case is from Rajnagar Extension where Fortune Residency is carrying on construction works without taking any preventive measures advised by the authorities to control dust pollution.
The officials of Vasu Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, the builder of the project Fortune Residency, on the condition of anonymity said that the work started two-three days back. When asked why they are not applying preventive measures, they said that they are not aware of them.
Ashok Tiwari, regional officer of Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) in Ghaziabad said that any work of construction must be done under the green cloth cover and sprinkling of water should also be done to settle the dust on the ground.
The site is surrounded by multiple societies like VVIP addresses, KW Srishti and Gaur Cascades.
The residents complained that for last two-three days, their dust allergy has returned. “My father-in-law is an Asthama patient. He is feeling extra uneasiness since the construction at the site has restarted,” a resident of Gaur Cascade said.
Tripti Tyagi, another resident of Gaur Cascade complained that her kids have started coughing in last two days.
Gajendra Arya, President of Federation of Apartment Owners Association in Rajnagar Extension said that almost every under-construction site is flouting environment norms in Rajnagar extension.
“We had complained to the GDA in the past and hefty fines were levied on them. But, they have started again,” he said.
Arya also said that each society has children and elderly people and they are prone to develop respiratory issue due to dust pollution.
Dr Anshul Varshney said that for last two-three days, the footfall of patients complaining respiratory problem have increased.
“Dust remains the prime reason in all these cases,” he said.
While speaking to City Spidey, VK Singh, officer on special duty in GDA, said that necessary action will be taken against the builder of the site.
He also informed that the authority has fined 42 violators, collecting more than seven lakh rupees since GRAP started in the city.