The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has decided to remove the ban on construction activities at night in the National Capital, Delhi. The decision on the same will be taken soon. Last year, in November, the Supreme Court-appointed body had banned construction activities during night time. The decision was taken to battle the severe levels of pollution in the city.
Officials have shared that the decision to remove the ban has been taken as air quality has improved over the months. Sunita Narain, Member, EPCA, has informed that all anti-pollution measures to improve the air quality have been lifted except for the construction ban. The authority has asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to review the air quality.
The Public Works Department (PWD), which is involved in carrying out several infrastructure projects, has stated that construction ban at night, between 11 pm to 6 am had delayed the construction speed. It has been observed that major construction activities are carried out during night time. It is easier to use heavy building material including iron bars, concrete mixture, slabs and girders at night.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has informed that the ban had hampered the progress of several proposed projects in the city.
However, no such ban was applicable for construction activities in the National Capital Region (NCR).
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