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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