The Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari has said that directions have
been issued to Project Directors, Contractors and field level officials working
on highways projects around Delhi NCR to take stringent steps to check
pollution arising out of the construction work. The direction comes in the wake
of severe pollution virtually chocking the national capital since November 8th.
The steps to be taken in this regard include sprinkling water at all
construction sites and camp, covering of dumpers transporting construction
material / waste including flyash, in the region, covering of exposed soil at
the construction sites and adherence to air quality norms by all plants and
machinery. Field officials have been directed to inspect the construction sites
regularly to ensure that all the pollution control measures are adhered to in a
Mr Gadkari also said that thorough research needs to be done to find the
cause of this pollution. He said this year the smog has descended despite the
ban on crackers and restrain on burning of crops. The minister further said
that the Road Transport & highways Ministry will offer all possible help
for such research.