NGT lifts ban on construction in Delhi-NCR, entry of trucks

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Summary: After the Central Pollution Control Board and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee submitted data on the present pollution levels in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal on Friday lifted the ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday ordered 10 builders in Faridabad district of Haryana to deposit bank guarantee of Rs 50 lakh each within three days for building faulty sewage treatment plants (STPs).

According to sources, the order said that the institutions must install the rain harvesting water systems at their own cost.

The NGT directed the government to set up implementation committee and supervisory committee.

"The committee will inspect the premises of the institution".

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The Tribunal said in the directive: "The committee shall meet twice a month and deal with the applications of the schools and colleges expeditiously".

If there are indications that rain harvesting systems can not be installed, then the institution should approach the committee within a week from today.

The Tribunal said the institution that gets an exemption certificate shall be subject to environment compensation, which will be used for setting up rainwater harvesting systems in possible nearby areas, including parks. Additionally, the Tribunal stated that institutions unable to install a rainwater harvesting system should file an application with the committee within a month.

The bench also allowed the entry of trucks in the national capital and reportedly asked the authorities to track their movement.

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