Dust pollution rule flouted on Dwarka Expressway, NHAI fined Rs 5 lakh

Dust pollution rule flouted on Dwarka Expressway, NHAI fined Rs 5 lakh


GURUGRAM: The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) on Monday issued a show-cause notice to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and imposed a penalty of Rs 5 lakh for failing to contain dust pollution at a construction site on the Dwarka Expressway.
According to HSPCB officials, an inspection was carried out on Monday, in which it was found that NHAI and its contractor have not taken appropriate dust control measures as directed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
“NHAI has awarded the work to Larsen and Toubro for constructing the eight-lane Dwarka Expressway. We conducted a site inspection on Monday to ensure effective implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) and found deterioration of air quality at the site near Kherki Daula in gross violations of the guidelines. We also found that sprinkling of water was not being done,” HSPCB regional officer (south) Shakti Singh said.
“We have imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh and issued a show-cause notice as to why construction activity should not be stopped and prosecution action should not be taken. They need to send us a reply within seven days’ time,” he added.
NHAI project director RK Mishra confirmed that a show-cause notice had been received and claimed that all guidelines are being followed. “We are continuously sprinkling water so that dusts settle down. We are working on a long stretch of 20km and perhaps there might have been some shortcomings. We will ensure that all necessary guidelines are followed and will be responding to the notice soon,” he said.



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