The Land Use Planning Department (DTCP), to tighten the state government’s building ban due to high levels of pollution, on Tuesday ordered developers to stop construction in private settlements under license as well as ongoing projects until Wednesday. .
On Sunday, the Haryana government ordered the closure of all schools, banned construction activities and advised government staff to work from home until November 17 in the four districts of Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar.
According to DTCP officials, the department has formed five teams to enforce the building ban and also ensure that the standards imposed by the National Green Tribunal to verify pollution are not violated.
DTCP officials said that while an extension of the construction ban would depend on instructions from the state government, it was likely to be extended due to high levels of pollution.
On Tuesday, Gurugram’s Air Quality Index (AQI) reading was recorded at 378, an increase from Monday’s reading of 342.
An AQI reading between 301 and 400 is considered “very bad”.
RS Bhath, district law enforcement city planner, said the five teams will randomly visit private settlements in their respective jurisdictions and enforce the ban.
âWe have already issued opinions and imposed sanctions and this will be applied more strictly. Construction activities will not be authorized until further notice from the government, âhe said.
Ashish Sharma, deputy town planner, said if local residents find a violation, they must file a complaint and action will be taken at the earliest.
In response to the building ban, the developers said they were ready to stop work if that helped, but it was necessary to know whether such a ban would make a difference in the long run.
Pankaj Bajaj, President of CREDAI, NCR, said: âPublic health comes first. The developer community is happy to stop work for as long as needed, if that helps. Studies indicate that construction contributes less than 5% of ambient dust in the NCR. Experts say there is a need to control pollution from farm fires and vehicle emissions. The period of work stoppage plus a reasonable remobilization period must be accepted as a case of force majeure for delivery commitments to home buyers.
In another development, Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran’s law enforcement team cleared three acres of prime land in Sector 57 from illegal encroachment.
Sandeep Lot, junior engineer, HSVP said a law enforcement team demolished 150 barracks, five stores selling building materials, six junk shops and two restaurants. âAll of these structures were illegal and were removed with the help of the local police. This plot is reserved for a collective housing project, âhe said.