To bring down the environmental pollution in the city, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) on Monday constituted 12 special teams to ensure that the pollution levels do not rise further.
Additional measures were also taken as per the direction issued from Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for Delhi-NCR (EPCA), Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) with a focus on reducing air pollution in view of the weather conditions condusive to it. These measure will remain in force till December 31.
In this regard, Additional Commissioner Surender Singh held a meeting with officials of the MCG on Monday and gave them necessary guidelines regarding the activities to be carried out.
As per the direction by the EPCA, the MCG will remove the solid waste and construction and demolition waste lying in various parts of the city. It has been directed to take it to the appropriate facilities for proper scientific disposal within five days.
The measures include promoting mechanical sweeping, spraying water on roads and trees, identifying road stretches with high dust generation, preventing coal and wood-burning in hotels and other institutions, to check and penalise developers of construction projects who violate environmental norms, to check compliance of environmental norms on road construction, to examine whether storm water and sewage line being carried out by the MCG.
Surender Singh, additional commissioner MCG, called for stopping all construction activities in the city. He advised residents to use swachhata app to report cases of garbage burning and asked RWAs and house owners to provide electric heaters to security staff during winters to avoid warming up on bonefire.
The team formed by the MCG, he said would ensure compliance of ban on burning of rubber, plastic, cloth etc., stop garbage and biomass burning, adequately cover vehicles carrying municipal solid waste from garbage collection points, increase night patrolling to curb those who violate rules at night. Besides, curbing the use of single-use plastic and increasing parking fees are part of their duty.
He said, “The responsibility of mechanical cleaning, challan and FIR on garbage burning, covered waste transportation, etc. will be handled by the Executive Engineer Sanitation, Senior Sanitation Inspector and Sanitation Inspector in their respective zones.”
Four fire tenders will be deployed by the fire branch of MCG for each zone to sprinkle water on roads and trees. Treated water will be used for sprinkling on roads. The horticulture department will ensure to spread mulch at vacant spaces, parks and green belt area.
The officials were directed to strictly follow the instructions and ensure full compliance. A daily consolidated report on the additional measures taken during the period will be submitted to EPCA.