Central Vista Project of 'National Importance'; measures taken to minimise pollution: Center to SC -

Central Vista Project of ‘National Importance’; measures taken to minimise pollution: Center to SC


New Delhi, Dec 1 (UNI) The Central Government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the construction activities related to the Central Vista project have not been stopped as the work of ‘national importance’, but all measures have been taken to minimise the air pollution here.

The SC bench had sought the Centre’ response in the matter during the hearing of a PIL filed regarding the serious pollution situation in Delhi, National Capital Region and adjoining cities.

An affidavit was filed on behalf of the Union Housing and Urban Development Ministry, information was given about the reasons for the continuation of the construction works.
The ministry informed that as per the guidelines of the apex court, the Central Public Works Department has stopped construction activities except the Central Vista Project.

The government affidavit claimed that ‘Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules’ have been followed during the Central Vista project work. All measures have been taken to minimise pollution as per the directions of the bench.

The affidavit stated measures to reduce pollution include anti-smog guns, mist-spray systems, use of magnesium chloride to reduce dust and keeping most construction materials wet.

The Supreme Court had on November 24 again stayed the construction works in view of the ‘hazardous’ pollution level.
Despite this, senior advocate Vikas Singh, on behalf of public interest litigator school student Aditya Dubey, raised questions during the hearing on the continuation of the construction work of the Central Vista Project. On this basis, the bench had sought a reply from the Centre.

Apart from the central government, the bench once again reprimanded the Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh governments and said that the directions issued to deal with the emergency situation of pollution should be strictly followed immediately, otherwise the bench will be forced to set up an independent task force.

The top court has asked the concerned governments to file affidavits and reply to the measures they have taken to reduce the air pollution.

A three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice also asked the concerned state governments, including Delhi, to apprise the bench of the status of helping the workers, who are affected due to the ban on construction works. Along with the measures to reduce pollution, orders were given to present the action report related to all the matters including giving wages to the affected laborers through affidavit before the next hearing on December 2.

During the earlier hearings, the Supreme Court had imposed several restrictions, including a ban on construction works, but in the meantime, on November 22, the Delhi government lifted the ban on construction works, citing reduction in pollution. But after the court’s rebuke, the Delhi government has again imposed many restrictions, including construction-related activities, till further orders.

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