*Kejriwal Government bolsters its fight against pollution; launches month-long intensive anti-dust campaign

*Anti-dust campaign to be run in Delhi from today till November 6: Gopal Rai

*Compulsory for all construction sites to follow all 14 anti-dust norms; strict action to be taken against violators: Gopal Rai

*586 teams including 33 DPCC teams have been formed specially to implement and monitor the anti-dust norms: Gopal Rai

*On violation of anti-dust norms at constructions sites, fines ranging from 10 thousand to 5 lac+ to be imposed by the government as per NGT guidelines: Gopal Rai

NEW DELHI:06.10.22-The Delhi Government under the leadership of CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal has bolstered its fight against pollution by launching a month-long intensive anti-dust campaign. Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai announced the launch of the initiative saying, “The anti-dust campaign will be run in Delhi from today till November 6. It is compulsory for all construction sites to follow all 14 anti-dust norms; strict action to be taken against violators. 586 teams including 33 DPCC teams have been formed specially to implement and monitor the anti-dust norms. On violation of anti-dust norms at construction sites, fines ranging from 10 thousand to 5 lac+ to be imposed by the government as per NGT guidelines.” An amount above 5 lac can also be imposed on the repetitive violations of the NGT guidelines.


Shri Gopal Rai said, “Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal announced the Winter Action Plan. In the first phase of the plan, we operationalised a war room in the Delhi Secretariat on October 3rd. Today, we are starting an anti-dust campaign in Delhi. We have collaborated with several agencies to form 586 teams to monitor the implementation of this campaign. These 586 teams will go on the ground to ensure that all the rules made for the construction sites under the anti-dust campaign are being followed. Out of these 586 teams, 33 teams came from DPCC, 165 teams from Revenue Department, 300 teams from MCD, 20 teams from DSIDC, 14 teams from Delhi Jal Board, 33 teams from DDA, 3 teams from Delhi Metro, 6-6 each teas from CPWD and PWD, 1 team from NDMC, 4 teams from Delhi Cantonment Board and 1 team from NHAI.”

He continued, “Under the anti-dust campaign, these 586 teams will monitor if the 14 rules related to construction are being followed by the sites across Delhi or not. These 14 rules are: First, all the construction companies have to build huge tin walls around the construction sites in order to stop the dust from spreading. Second, in order to stop dust pollution, earlier, it was mandatory to install an anti-smog gun on site with an area greater than 20 thousand sq mtrs till now. But now there is a modification in this provision and each site with an area above 5 thousand sq mtrs needs to have an anti-smog gun. A construction site with an area between 5 thousand sq mtrs to 10 thousand sq mtrs needs to have one anti-smog gun. Construction sites sized between 10 thousand sq mtrs to 15 thousand sq mtrs are required to have two anti-smog guns and sites having a size between 15 thousand sq mtrs and 20 thousand sq mtrs need to have three anti-smog guns. Construction sites with an area greater than 20 thousand sq mtrs are required to have four anti-smog guns.”

He added, “Third, construction or demolition work is required to be covered with tents or nets. Fourth, it is mandatory to clean the vehicle, including its tires, carrying the construction materials. Fifth, it is also mandatory to cover construction-related vehicles. Sixth, construction materials and debris from demolition is required to be thrown at a designated spot and not around the sites or in its vicinity. Seventh, any construction material like soil or sand cannot be left uncovered. Eighth, stone cutting during construction cannot be done in open and wet jetting should be used to cut stones. Ninth, it is required to spray water in non-cemented and soily areas to avoid spreading of dust. Tenth, construction or demolition sites with an area greater than 20 thousand sq mtrs need to have a metalled road with black topple so that transportation of vehicles does not result in spreading of dust.”

Shri Gopal Rai said, “Eleventh, waste generated during construction or demolition has to be recycled on the site itself or at a designated place. Record of the same should be maintained. Twelvth, it is mandatory to provide dust masks to the workers involved in loading-unloading or carrying the construction material and debris. Thirteenth, medical facilities should be arranged for the workers working on construction sites. Fourteenth, sign boards depicting measures to reduce dust on construction sites should be put up prominently. All the sites have to follow these rules and action will be taken if someone defaults in following them. A penalty from Rs 10 thousand to upto Rs 5 lakhs can be imposed and if there is a serious violation, we will order a shutdown of the construction site.”

He concluded, “Also, the GRAP system has been in force in Delhi as per which all the construction sites with area above 500 sq mtr need to register them on the portal. If they are not registering themselves, they will be barred for further construction. Moreover, PUC checking and water sprinkling campaigns are implemented with effective monitoring. I am appealing to the people of Delhi to follow these 14 rules from today. If you come across someone not following these rules in your neighbourhood, on any construction site or anywhere across Delhi, you can complain on the Green Delhi’ App by clicking photographs. This will aid us in monitoring and implementing the campaign better. The anti-dust campaign will continue for one month and end on November 6th. All the 586 teams will actively monitor its implementation on the field.”

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*Women & Child Development Minister Kailash Gahlot reviews the progress of integrated complex for children (boys) in Alipur


*WCD Minister Kailash Gahlot expresses the need for re-accessing the infrastructural adequacy of all child care institutions, observation homes, special homes and places of safety

*A plan for a model state of art integrated complex for children in Alipur is in the process of being developed with due consultations with experts, architects and the Public Works Department – Kailash Gahlot

*Under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Government is committed to providing a respectable, healthy and positive remedial environment for children in institutional care homes- Kailash Gahlot

*Delhi Government takes it as its responsibility to provide protection and remedial care for any child in difficult circumstances away from families - Kailash Gahlot

New Delhi:06.10.22-Women & Child Development Minister of Delhi Shri Kailash Gahlot chaired a meeting to review the development of the proposed integrated complex for children (boys) in Alipur. The meeting was attended by senior officers from the Department of Women & Child Development and Public Works Department(PWD). During the meeting, the initial design concept and layout plan of the integrated complex were presented by PWD.


The integrated complex is proposed to be developed as a basement plus four-storey structure. The total campus will spread across 8.44 acres and the proposed plan has a total built-up area of 13643 sqm. (basement: 3380 sqm. ground floor: 2759 sqm., first floor: 2670 sqm., second floor: 2684 sqm., third floor: 2150 sqm.). The complex is expected to house a total of 200 children (70 in the Place of Safety, 100 in the Observation Home and 30 in the Special Home). The complex will be built with a provision of lifts, ramps and accessible toilets to also ensure that it is child friendly as well as disabled-friendly. Recreational spaces, libraries, playground and dedicated dining areas are also being planned alongside the integrated development of different homes.

During the meeting, Shri Kailash Gahlot directed the WCD officials to expedite the process of building the integrated complex and finalise the specifications of the complex at the earliest. The idea is to ensure that every child staying in institutional care should feel at home until the time they can be restored to their families.

Earlier on 16 July 2022, Shri Kailash Gahlot at an event organised at the Sanskar Ashram Complex, North East Delhi on the occasion of ‘World Day for International Justice’ announced that a plan in consultation with experts, architects and PWD is to be worked out to develop a state of art model integrated complex for children in need of institutional care. The Department of Women and Child Development (WCD) had since in close consultation with the Public Works Department developed a plan for building a model integrated complex for children (boys) in Alipur, North Delhi.

The Department of Women & Child Development has a total of 99 Child Care Institutions in Delhi. In the financial year of 2021-22 total 7132 children were recommended to these Child Care Institutions and 5805 children in CCIs have been restored to their families. WCD Delhi has such government-run institutions located at seven locations across the state in Lajpat Nagar, Hari Nagar, Alipur, Kingsway Camp, Delhi Gate, Majnu Ka Tila and Dilshad Garden. However, many of these institutions have inadequate infrastructure and regular maintenance of existing structures is often not undertaken.

To initiate the upgradation of institutional care homes in Delhi, an integrated complex is proposed to be built in Alipur, comprising a place of safety, an observation home, a special home, a juvenile justice board, an administrative unit, a medical Unit, a mental health unit, residences and a PWD office as per the norms laid out. Having all these amenities accessible in one place will benefit the management and make administration more efficient and responsive to the needs of the children placed here.

Shri Kailash Gahlot stated that “there is an immediate need for re-assessing the infrastructural adequacy of present institutions and identifying the gaps in providing vulnerable children the best possible infrastructure in these Government-run institutions. It is pertinent that these institutions promote the health, growth and wellbeing of these children until they are restored within families again."

The minister further stated, “The wellbeing of the children is of utmost priority to the government and the model complex in Alipur is intended to provide for a respectable and healthy environment for remedial care and holistic development of children housed there. The complex will thus be equipped with augmented safety and security standards. Given the turbulent and vulnerable backgrounds of these children, the complex will at all times be equipped with round-the-clock staff support systems and medical and mental health support units. The norms for building these spaces, the visual aesthetics of the complex and the architectural design is being decided after due consultations with child rights experts, architects, PWD and the administrative department, i.e. the Department of Women and Child Development. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Government is committed to providing a respectable, healthy and positive remedial environment for children in institutional care homes."