Don’t ban non-polluting infrastructure work, say NCR builders, ET RealEstate

October 30, 2023

As worsening air quality bears down on the national capital region (NCR), real estate developers have urged the government to not ban construction-related activities that don’t cause pollution, as they race to deliver housing projects on time.

As per the revised graded response action plan (GRAP) for the NCR, if the air quality turns “severe” (stage III), authorities will have to enforce a ban on construction and demolition activities in the region.

Air quality in northern India turns very poor with the start of winters. As winds drop, air pollutants linger, and the situation worsens with smoke from crop stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana. The government, however, is yet to impose a ban this season.

“Not all the activities at the construction site result in pollution, and the government should identify these activities and allow some work at the site,” said Harsh V Bansal, convenor, CII Delhi Sub-committee on Real Estate, Urban Development and Infrastructure. “This way, we can keep the work on and ensure that project is delivered on time.”

Last year, the Real Estate Regulatory Authority of Delhi had written to the chairperson of the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), urging the authorities to not ban construction of RERA-registered projects as it would impact delivery to homebuyers.

The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI)-NCR has also said that developers who have taken measures to reduce pollution at the construction site should be allowed to carry on work.

“A ban of three days results in delay of over a month, and getting workers back to the site becomes a difficult task,” said Manoj Gaur, chairman, CREDAI national and CMD, Gaurs Group. “We have issued the advisory to the member developers to follow the guidelines of the government. At the same time, we have requested for exemption for those who are following all guidelines.”

According to developers, the first impact of this ban is on the labourers at the construction sites. They come to Delhi NCR from different states, and when they experience unemployment due to frequent bans on construction activities, they return, causing delay in the delivery of apartments to home-buyers.

“Construction project closures have a cascading impact on daily wage workers; disrupting their income, potentially plunging them into a precarious struggle to maintain basic living standards,” said Kezya De Bragança, founder & CEO of Bettamint, a construction tech startup that helps manage informal workers at the construction sites.

Developers said that RERA imposes heavy penalties on builders who are not able to provide possession of apartments within specified timelines, but with a ban under the GRAP, the scheduled and unscheduled bans on construction could lead to undefined delays, as remobilisation of labourers becomes a challenge.

Brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers not operating on clean fuels, and mining and associated activities in NCR will also be banned under Stage III.

Leading construction companies and developers in India support their workforce with housing, food and financial security during the ban.

  • Published On Oct 30, 2023 at 09:42 AM IST

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