The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) on Monday requested the City Magistrate to impose fine against two high rise societies – Mahagun Mezzaria and Assotech Windsor Court – for violating pollution norms in Noida.
During the inspection, the officials of UPPCB found that there was no green net covering and water sprinkling happening at the construction site. The officials said that violation of pollution norms will contribute to the air pollution in the area.
They also found that building construction materials were also stored in open which could lead to dust pollution. The UPPCB, in its letter to the City Magistrate, mentioned that a fine of Rs 50,000 should be imposed against these two societies.
The officials backed the imposition of fine by mentioning the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) which had provisions of fines for violation of pollution norms.
According to a UPPCB official, the NGT guidelines clearly mention that a realtor, individual or contractor, needs to abide by certain rules while undertaking any construction work such as protection of vegetation around the site, sprinkling of water to settle the dust and covering of debris with a sheet to prevent the dust from spreading around.
Ramesh Singh, a resident of Mahagun said that because of the increased dust and air pollution levels in the area, the residents have been facing respiratory problems.
When City Spidey tried to contact the both builders but they were not receiving any calls.
Shailender Mishra, City Magistrate of Noida, said that the district administration is very serious to curb the pollution in the city. “We got the letter and action will be taken against the culprits soon,” he added.