Noida Authority slaps penalties worth Rs 5.39 lakh on polluters

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Noida (UP), Oct 26 (PTI) The Noida Authority on Monday said it has slapped penalties worth Rs 5.39 lakh on entities, including construction sites, that were found violating guidelines to combat air pollution here.

The action included a major penalty worth Rs 5.20 lakh on three entities that had kept construction material uncovered in violation of guidelines of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), it said.

The Authority has issued penalties worth over Rs 37.54 lakh since October 17 on entities contributing to air pollution here, according to compiled figures given by the Authority.

The action against polluters comes in the wake of the GRAP coming into force amid deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR, even as the air quality in Noida remained 'very poor' on Monday.

'Varying amounts of penalties were imposed on entities not adhering to official guidelines on containing air pollution. Altogether, penalties worth Rs 5.39 lakh were imposed on Monday,' the Authority said in a statement.

It said 370 tonnes of construction and demolition waste was picked up from various locations in Noida on Monday and sent to the processing plant in Sector 80.

Road stretches measuring 105 kilometres were sprinkled with water, while another 243 kilometres on 67 routes were cleaned mechanically by sweeping machines, it said.

Footpaths and streets measuring 60 kilometres were cleaned during the night using water treated by sewage treatment plants, it stated. PTI KIS TDS TDS