Follow pollution control plan for building sites or face action: BMC, ET RealEstate

September 27, 2023

MUMBAI: The BMC‘s development plan department issued a circular on September 15 on measures to be taken to control environmental pollution due to construction activities in the city.

The circular issued by the chief engineer of the development plan (DP) department of the BMC stated, “Various types of constructions and infrastructure projects are in progress in Mumbai. It is observed that these projects create an adverse effect on the environment in the form of dust, noise, etc.

In order to prevent and control environmental pollution, the BMC has set up the Mumbai Air Pollution Litigation Plan. The guidelines provided in this plan are mandatory and are to be undertaken by all ongoing and proposed building construction works.”

Some of the instructions issued include continuous dust or wind-breaking tin/ metal sheets of more than 20 feet in height around the periphery of the entire construction project site. Tarpaulin/green cloth/jute sheet to be used on scaffoldings covering an entire area under the demolition structure.

Regular cleaning of the tarpaulin or jute sheet is to be undertaken and the cleaning of on-site crushing & hammering of demolition material.

Other measures suggested during the demolition of the existing structure include avoiding on-site crushing and hammering of demolition material, water sprinkling to be continuously carried out so that the debris shall remain wet, water fogging be carried out during the excavation and loading and unloading of material, construction and demolition waste generated within the premises be transported to the designated site strictly as per the BMC approved waste management plan. Inside the project premises, vehicle movement should be shown and should be carried out only on a fixed route.

Civic officials said that the instructions issued by the civic body are to be followed with immediate effect by the project proponent. The concerned architect shall submit self-certification complying with the above guidelines on a weekly basis on the online AUTODCR System. The concerned subengineer is also expected to make random visits to at least three sites weekly, to verify if the measures are being followed.

“On failure of compliance, a warning letter is to be issued to the project proponent for rectification within a week. Pursuant to the warning letter if the contractor fails to comply or shows negligence towards the adoption and enforcement of guidelines, then further penal action as per the provision will be taken,” stated the circular.

  • Published On Sep 27, 2023 at 09:17 AM IST

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