Delhi smog: Construction works halted at Delhi Metro and construction sites

[] With the national capital reeling under severe pollution, the Delhi Metro has said that it has suspended construction and demolition activities at its sites, to improve air quality

In line with the order of the city administration, construction and demolition activities at Delhi Metro sites and areas under the jurisdiction of municipal corporations, have been suspended for this week with immediate effect, to improve the air quality

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“Excavation and backfilling works, have been be suspended for five days. Dry dismantling of concrete and bricks, which are likely to cause dust pollution and dry stone cutting, will be suspended too. These steps have been taken in compliance with the instructions given by the Delhi government, regarding construction sites,” a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said.

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Delhi is facing its worst smog in 17 years and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, on November 6, 2016, announced emergency measures to deal with the situation, including a ban on construction and demolition activities for five days and temporary closure of the Badarpur power plant. Lt governor Najeeb Jung, after chairing a high-level meeting with Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, environment minister Imran Hussain and representatives from other agencies, extended the period of ban till November 14.

Municipal and DMRC authorities said the city administration’s order will be complied with. “Water is being sprinkled regularly, to avoid soil erosion and dust pollution. The muck generated from excavation, is disposed of at designated areas using dumpers with tarpaulin covers on top. The wheels of trucks exiting construction sites, are thoroughly washed before they enter public roads,” the DMRC said.

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Civic officials said the ban will apply to all properties, public or private and they will have to comply with it.

Despite the ban being imposed with immediate effect, construction works at some sites were still seen going on. A senior official at the LG’s office said that the decisions will be reviewed at the next meeting, on November 15, 2016.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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