NEW DELHI: Environment minister Gopal Rai on Sunday said Delhi government had imposed a fine of Rs 50 lakh on National Capital Region Transport Corporation for flouting antipollution directives at a construction site in Vikas Sadan.
During his inspection, Rai didn’t find any anti-smog gun at the site in INA Colony and said the work could resume only after installing one and following other norms. “Massive dust pollution is happening here. I have penalised NCRTC Rs 50 lakh and if they again violate rules, the work will be banned,” Rai said.
NCRTC is violating rules of pollution control despite being aware that anti-dust operations are being carried out across Delhi, he added. On Saturday, Delhi Pollution Control Committee imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh on the demolition site of FICCI for flouting dust norms.
“Our teams are visiting hotspots and the places where demolition work is under way. This is a time of emergency and Delhi government is focusing on reducing the pollution level by imposing certain rules and regulations to tackle the local sources of pollution,” the minister said.
If the situation worsens, the government will introduce further restrictions, Rai pointed out. “A call on more measures, including odd-even, will be taken depending on the situation. We will take strict action against violators.”
The minister also said the fermented solution prepared by Indian Institute of Agricultural Research to turn stubble into compost was ready and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal would launch the spraying operations at Galibpur village in the Matiala assembly constituency on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the capital’s air quality index on Sunday was 216 in “poor” category. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), a central forecasting body, said air quality was likely to improve to “moderate” by Tuesday.
“A shift in Delhi surface wind direction, northwesterly to southeasterly by Monday, is predicted. This could influence air quality positively in the coming week,” SAFAR stated.



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