DPCC asks PWD to pre­pare data­base on C&D waste

Ac­cord­ing to the Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee, open dump­ing of con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion waste is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor of air pol­lu­tion

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee (DPCC) has asked the Pub­lic Works De­part­ment (PWD) of the Delhi gov­ern­ment to pre­pare a proper data­base of con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion (C&D) waste gen­er­ated from its sites and sub­mit an an­nual report on the same.

In a di­rec­tive is­sued ear­lier this month, the pol­lu­tion watch­dog also asked the PWD to en­sure that all C&D waste gen­er­ated from its sites is stored in such a man­ner that it does not ex­ac­er­bate the air pol­lu­tion in the city.

Ac­cord­ing to DPCC, open dump­ing of C&D waste ma­te­ri­als is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tors of air pol­lu­tion, par­tic­u­larly of PM10 and PM 2.5 par­ti­cles, in Delhi.

The move comes af­ter a num­ber of com­plaints were re­ceived by DPCC, re­gard­ing air pol­lu­tion gen­er­ated from the dump­ing of C&D waste ma­te­ri­als from var­i­ous sites be­long­ing to var­i­ous agen­cies.

The Com­mit­tee, in its writ­ten di­rec­tion, has said the PWD should col­lect the C&D waste and trans­port it to an ap­pro­pri­ate site for pro­cess­ing and dis­posal through re­sources of its own or any other au­tho­rised agen­cies.

“The Pub­lic Works De­part­ment shall keep track of the gen­er­a­tion of all con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion waste within the ju­ris­dic­tion and es­tab­lish a data­base and up­date it once in a year and also sub­mit an an­nual report,” the DPCC said.

It also stated the PWD will dis­pose of all C&D wastes ly­ing at its sites, in ac­cor­dance with the Con­struc­tion and De­mo­li­tion Waste Man­age­ment Rules, 2016.

In Fe­bru­ary, Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal had said the Aap-led gov­ern­ment would un­der­take land­scap­ing work along 500 km of road length to check dust pol­lu­tion in Delhi.

He also an­nounced the gov­ern­ment will con­duct a roundthe-year air qual­ity study, to as­cer­tain sources of pol­lu­tion in the city. Ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment, sources of pol­lu­tion are dif­fer­ent in dif­fer­ent ar­eas and at dif­fer­ent times.

The AAP dis­pen­sa­tion has a plan to pro­cure ma­chines which can de­tect sources of pol­lu­tion at any given time and the gov­ern­ment would act ac­cord­ingly, Ke­jri­wal had told a gath­er­ing on the third an­niver­sary of the gov­ern­ment com­ing to power in Delhi.

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