To check the high dust pollution levels, the administration has directed to stop all the construction works for two days in Delhi-NCR. But, there was no impact of it on the pollution levels as works were going on fearlessly inside the societies and at the large construction sites in Dwarka.
In Dwarka extension, works were going on with the permission of Cooperative Group Housing Societies (CGHS). Unauthorised constructions were also continued in DDA pockets. At both the places, labourers were seen working at the construction sites.
Neither the managements of the society nor the contractors or labourers were aware of the direction. It seemed that the agencies, responsible for issuing the direction, had failed to implement it completely.
Jitendra Kumar, a resident of Sector 4 said, “Nobody cares about the pollution. The work was not stopped even in CGHS. This is an irony and helplessness of the system.”
Dwarka is one of the most polluted areas of Delhi where dust pollution is highest. Earlier, it was asked by the DPCC and EPCA to the civic bodies like DDA and SDMC to check the pollution completely by taking proper measures and stopping construction. But, nothing has happened.
Sharmila Das, a resident of Kautilya Apartments said, “In our society, construction works are on. They are unauthorised and also disobeying the law of pollution control board too. This shows the weakness and lack of accountability from the side of civic agencies.”
Earlier, from November 1 to 10, there was a ban on any type of activities which cause pollution. All type of constructions works were ordered to be stopped and any work causing dust was not allowed in the area. Vinay Singh, a resident of Sector 13 said, “It didn’t happen that time too in an effective way and at many places, constructions were on.”
People said that the RWAs in DDA pockets and the managements in the CGHS are responsible for the violation of any such norms given by the administration to curb pollution.
But RWAs in DDA pockets said that the construction works were unauthorised and it was not in their hands to stop it. On the other hand, managements of the CGHS societies said that the work going on in the societies were under contractors and they were responsible for any violation.
“No effect of administrative direction seen in the area. There must be seriousness from the side of authorities, said Seema Gupta, a resident of Sector 5.
On the subject, a senior official from SDMC said that the action was being taken against the violators and further it would be taken into serious concern if any violation was there.