DMRC ensuring combating pollutants from construction sites

Passengers arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport following the resumption of domestic flight services during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Mumbai. (ANI Photo)

DELHI Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), India’s largest public transport network, has launched a special drive to ensure that all pollution control measures are taken to combat the menace of pollution. As part of the initiative, the frequency of the inspections done to check the adherence to the pollution control measures has been enhanced, senior DMRC officials said. The teams headed by senior officials from the environment department are visiting all the sites and minutely checking the arrangements done in this regard and the drive is being monitored by Managing Director Dr Mangu Singh. “The teams are checking whether continuous dust breaking barricades of the height of least 6 meters around the batching plants are installed or not and whether conveyor belts within the batching plants are fully covered to prevent the escape of dust,” he said. Checking of wheel washing facilities at the exit gates to prevent deposition of soil or muck on public roads where there is a regular movement of vehicles is being done. The validity of PUC mandatory for all construction vehicles is also being checked. “They are also monitoring the use of nozzle-based mist systems in addition to sprinkling to control dust emission from the construction sites. The process of spraying of water to suppress dust, during handling of excavation soil or debris or during demolition or specific dust-generating activities is being checked” he said. The inspection teams assert that water sprinkling and dust control activities are to be continued even during work stoppages. The teams will ensure that construction activities continue to be carried out only within barricaded areas. “The teams are checking the implementation of the provision for a covered storage facility with a sprinkling system for sand and aggregate storage. As per guidelines soil, sand aggregates, debris of any kind and all dust prone materials that are stored at the site are to be fully covered with tarpaulin or green net with proper anchorage so that they do not disperse in the air in any form,” he said. To provide better occupancy in the changed scenario, DMRC has introduced peak hour frequency of trains from 8 AM to 8 PM, doing away with the concept of off-peak hours from 11 AM to 4 PM where services were available with fewer trains/trips earlier. In addition, the public was also advised to avoid unnecessary travel as far as possible and stagger travel timings for office/home/other works to the extent possible to ‘Break the Peak’ for their own convenience and more judicious utilisation of the capacity cum occupancy being offered by the DMRC to the public as per the new norms. Image courtesy: Firstpost

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