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NHAI directs contractors to check dust pollution at sites | Gurgaon News

Gurgaon: As the air quality index has started deteriorating in the city, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has asked all its project contractors to adopt safety measures to check dust pollution.
In the recently issued directions by the NHAI, all concessionaires and contractors have been apprised of the MCG’s decision to implement Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) from October 15. As per the plan, all construction sites will have to give an undertaking to ensure their compliance to the dust management norms. Further, as there would be a blanket ban on the use of diesel gensets, barring emergency services, the concessionaires and project contractors have been asked to stop the use of gensets too.
“We have apprised the concessionaire and contractors about the guidelines. There will be three-level monitoring. The concessionaire would be tasked to regularly evaluate the measures taken, auditing will be carried out by independent engineers and thirdly, the NHAI will review the status of compliance,” said project director Shashi Bhushan.
“We already follow the dust management norms and sprinkle water on the site multiple times in a day. We’ll increase the frequency and install more tankers and sprinklers as we also understand that there’s a sudden spike in air pollution and we need to take additional measures,” said an Oriental Structures Engineering official.
“But, the ban on diesel gensets is ill-founded. Gurgaon can’t provide a single day of 24-hour power supply. We are forced to shell out extra money on diesel generators to cover up for the 8 to 10 hours power outages. This essentially means that we lose productivity and the project that is still limping after lockdown in March will further be delayed,” the official added.

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Asked about recent reports of political flags being flown at street construction sites, local governments say it’s contractors’ constitutional right to do so.

Readers have recently reported the presence of Donald Trump flags at street construction sites in both Sioux Falls and Lennox, and asked if there were any regulations around political displays from contractors doing work paid for by local government.

While there was no sign of the Trump flag previously spotted near the intersection of West 41st Street and South Western Avenue on Monday, representatives of both cities said even if there were, there’s no issue.

BryAnn Becker Knecht, a spokesperson for Sioux Falls, said “It is not the practice of the City of Sioux Falls to intrude upon the constitutional rights of any entity or individual with whom it contracts.”

And Nathan Vander Plaats, the city administrator of Lennox said there was no ordinance prohibiting contractors from displaying a political flag either.

“Anybody is free to speak their mind on political matters,” he said.

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