By Accommodation Times Bureau
In the past one year Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has collected penalty of Rs 1.5 crore from the developers, operating in NCR cities of Haryana. Developers had to pay handsome amount on violation of the construction and dust pollution norms. HSPCB officials say rising awareness among public, of reporting dust pollution violations, has demanded the stricter action against the offenders.
“We have conducted regular inspections to strictly impose directions given by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on construction and dust pollution. However, the idea is not just to penalise offenders, but to make sure the norms are followed,” said a senior official of HSPCB.
There are nearly 200 construction sites that were sent notices by HSPCB to follow NGT’s dust pollution norms in the last one year. Over 100 individuals and organizations were given notices, who had violated dust norms and burnt waste in the open. While most organizations faced penalties ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 5 lakh, individuals were fined Rs 5,000.
“Most of the time, action was taken only on small developers. One will still find big construction sites on Golf Course Road, SPR, NPR and Sohna road, flouting the norms. That is why, steps taken by the board haven’t had any significant impact on the level of dust pollution in the city,” alleged a resident of Golf Course Road (extension), who filed the complaint on dust pollution violations.
In April 2015, NGT gave strict instructions to the civic authority (MCG) and monitoring agency (HSPCB), to check dust pollution caused by constructions.