CAQM directs restrictions on C&D activities to continue in NCR till further orders
The Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) has directed that restrictions on many construction and demolition activities will continue in the National Capital Region till further orders in view of the air pollution.
The decision was taken keeping in view the current air quality in Delhi-NCR as there is a need to exercise control on various sectors that significantly contributes to air pollution. It said, the exemptions will continue to the projects related to hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare facilities, projects of national importance and linear public projects and public utility projects.
Since the current air quality index is within the very poor category, it would not be advisable to allow the operations at all construction and demolition sites.
Based on air quality forecast and significant improvement in air quality, the decision will be reviewed further. CAQM said, as per the Supreme Court’s Order, states shall use the funds collected as labour cess for the welfare of constructions workers and provide them subsistence for the period during which construction activities are prohibited and pay wages notified under the minimum wages act.