Frame SOPs to manage construction waste in 1 wk, civic agencies told – ET Infra

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Gurgaon: The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has directed the city’s civic agencies to prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) for dumping of construction and demolition (C&D) waste and road dust mitigation within a week.

The decision was taken during a review meeting as part of the clean air programme. As winter is approaching, the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) will be enforced from October 1 to check air pollution levels. All departments have been told to ensure that air quality remains in the breathable range (satisfactory).

“There is no dispute that people are losing years of their lives to poor air quality. As several local factors impact air quality, we need to ensure that effective measures are taken. Some of the major aspects are C&D waste, vehicle emissions, road dust, open waste burning, industrial emissions and single-use plastic. C&D waste has been dumped illegally in several areas across the city, which is a major source of air pollution,” HSPCB chairman P Raghavendra Rao said.

“The departments concerned should prepare a SOP on ways to mitigate road dust and C&D waste within a week, so that air pollution can be reduced. MCG and GMDA need to ensure that C&D waste lying at various places is lifted,” he added.

Highlighting that the city is witnessing air pollution because of C&D waste, representatives of RWAs and industrial associations present in the meeting suggested that proper disposal of C&D waste should be made mandatory for approval of building plans and issuance of occupation certificates (OC). “The OC granted by the department of town and country planning should be linked to the status of C&D waste disposal system for every building. This will fix accountability and end the piling up of waste,” said Raman Sharma, a resident of Malibu Towne.

Meanwhile, GMDA’s chief executive officer and MCG commissioner PC Meena said, “A C&D waste plant with a disposal capacity of 1,000 metric tonnes per day is being run by MCG. We are also working to set up another plant in the future.” Reviewing the city’s preparedness, Rao said waste burning is a serious issue. “Prepare an action plan regarding e-waste and also direct civic agencies to fix potholes and unpaved major roads in the city,” he said. To this, Meena assured him that MCG and GMDA will repair major roads within a month.

During a discussion on how that public transport system can go green, officials from Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMCBL) said 50 electric buses with a capacity of 36 passengers each will be plying on five routes in the city by December this year.

The city has 150 CNG buses at present, but no electric buses. The e-buses that the city is likely to be given are part of the 550 vehicles which the Haryana government is procuring for 11 cities in the state. The plan is in accordance with the Commission for Air Quality Management’s (CAQM) policy, which aims to improve air quality in Delhi-NCR. Under the policy, NCR districts have to convert 100% of the bus fleet owned by state transport undertakings into electric buses (battery electric vehicles or fuel cell electric vehicles) by 2029, with the first phase of 100% conversion of the bus fleet in Gurgaon and Faridabad by 2024.

  • Published On Sep 2, 2023 at 08:21 AM IST

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