NASHIK: The town planning department of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), taking serious cognizance of a section of builders not using dust screens at constructions sites, has directed the junior engineers to conduct surveys and serve notices at sites where the rule is being flouted.
In January last year, the NMC had made use of dust screens mandatory for construction sites in order to curb air pollution in the city. Initially, the dust screens were used by the builders at construction sites, but gradually a section of builders allegedly started violating the rule.
A senior town planning official said air pollution is one of the major issues the city is facing. “Construction works across the city are also adding to air pollution. Hence, we have made using the dust screen or green nets mandatory at construction sites as part of our measures to reduce air pollution of the city,” he said.
“But we are observing that a section of builders are not following the rule at their construction sites. We have already decided to find such sites where dust screens are not being used. We will serve notices to such construction sites where green norms are being violated,” he added.
Rajesh Pandit, an environmentalist, said water and air pollution are major concerns as they are directly related to human health. Hence, there is are need to take strict measures to reduce pollution.
“But only chalking out green norms is not enough, the civic body should strictly ensures that the norms for construction sites are being followed. The civic officials should continuously conduct spot inspections to ensure that builders are using dust screens during the construction activities,” Pandit said.