*Environment Minister Gopal Rai conducts surprise inspection of the construction site of the WHO building; issues notice for violation of norms

*Most norms were being followed at the construction site, but sand was found unchecked in the open and the workers were not given masks - Gopal Rai

*Under the 'Anti-Dust Campaign’, our teams have so far inspected 522 construction sites; fine of Rs 53.5 lakh has been imposed for violation of guidelines at 165 construction sites - Gopal Rai

*Appeal to all the people of Delhi to complain about pollution happening anywhere in Delhi on the Green Delhi App; immediate action will be taken to stop it - Gopal Rai

*Red Light On Gaadi Off Campaign will be run in Delhi from 18th October onwards to reduce air pollution - Gopal Rai

*Will hold a meeting with the senior officials of the Environment, Revenue, Delhi Police, and Civil Defence tomorrow regarding the campaign- Gopal Rai

NEW DELHI: 13th October 2021-The Kejriwal Government is putting its best step forward to make the people of Delhi breathe healthy since air pollution is a crucial concern for all the Delhiites. Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai conducted a surprise inspection of the construction site of the WHO Building at Mahatma Gandhi Marg, IP Estate, today. On the site, the team found minor violations of the guidelines. He said that the construction agency has been issued a notice, warning them of a fine if all the guidelines are not complied with within two days. Under the 'Anti Dust' campaign, the designated teams have so far inspected 522 construction sites, in which a fine of Rs 53.5 lakh has been imposed for violation of guidelines at 165 construction sites. Appealing to Delhiites, he said that if there is pollution anywhere in Delhi, please complain about it on the Green Delhi App so that immediate action can be taken. To curb vehicular pollution, the 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign will be run from October 18. To make the campaign a success, tomorrow a meeting will be held with the senior officials of Environment, Revenue departments, Delhi Police and Civil Defence.


*Penalty will be imposed on the construction site if the guidelines are not complied with in 2 days: Gopal Rai

Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai said, "We observed that most of the regulations and the 14-point Anti-Dust guidelines are being followed, there is a tin shed with an anti-smog gun as well. But we have found some loose sand on the site that is treated with just sprinkling water all over it whereas it should've been covered with a net. Other than this, we also noticed that the on-site workers are not being given any masks. We have informed DPCC about the same and if in two days the necessary rules won't be complied with, penalties will be imposed".

*Most sites following all norms under the anti-dust campaign: Gopal Rai

"Delhi has been following an Anti-Dust campaign since 7th October and it will go on till 29th. All of our teams are visiting construction sites to ensure proper compliance with the rules and till now we have visited 522 sites so far. Out of which more than 357 sites were found to be complying with the guidelines laid down. We still found 165 sites where there is a clear violation of the guidelines and we have started to take action against these sites and they are being punished with a fine of 53.5 lakh fine", he mentioned.

*Time for action not for surveys; need cooperation of the people as well: Gopal Rai

Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai further stressed on the criticality of the situation and said, "Now is not the time to do surveys, it is time to take action. Our teams are going around all the districts of Delhi and 15 to 20 teams are inspecting different sites every day. So far we have visited more than 522 construction sites. Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal had also announced that we need cooperation from the people of Delhi in this. The Delhi government has launched the Green Delhi app. I request all the people of Delhi to download the Green Delhi app on their mobile. Whether there is dust pollution on the road or pollution on the construction site, whether there is the pollution of the vehicle or even if there is a fire, you take a photo of it from your mobile and send it to us through the Green Delhi app, so that we can take immediate action on it".

*Red Light On Gaadi Off to begin on 18th October: Gopal Rai

"To curb vehicular pollution, 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign is being started from 18th October. Tomorrow I will hold a meeting with senior officials of Environment, Revenue, Delhi Police, and Civil Defence, in which we will make the complete outline of the 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign, and on 18th October we will launch this campaign", he discussed briefly.