Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has said that one crore 59 lakh rupees fine has been levied as environment compensation against non-compliant construction and demolition entities. The Ministry said, the Commission for Air Quality Management for Delhi NCR and adjoining areas had directed the Central and State Pollution Control Board of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to launch inspection drives in the premises related to Construction Demolition activities in the NCR.
The Ministry said that intensive drives were conducted by these agencies from 24th to 31st of December, 2020 by constituting about 227 teams. These teams carried out surprise checks and inspections at more than 3000 such sites of which about 386 sites were found to be non-compliant with the various Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules. After which the compensation amount of 1.59 crore was levied as environment compensation against the defaulting agencies besides orders for stoppage of work at 12 locations.
The Ministry said, about 325 vehicles, not in conformance with guidelines related to transportation of Construction and Demolition materials, were levied environment compensation charges of about 1.17 crore rupees. It said, such fortnightly drives are planned to be continued to enforce compliance of the C and D waste management rules and related guidelines to abate dust pollution, which contributes significantly to poor air quality in the region.
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