North body begins night vigils to check dumping of debris

Cracking down on illegal dumping of construction and demolition (C&D) waste, the North Delhi municipal corporation (North MCD) has deputed officers on night vigil to check the menace and penalise truck owners who deposit malba (debris) on roadsides.

The civic agency’s commissioner, Varsha Joshi, has designated at least 30-40 officers in each of the six zones — City SP, Karol Bagh, Keshavpuram, Narela, Civil Lines and Rohini — of north municipality “to patrol stretches/sites where illegal dumping is frequently seen” between 11pm and 4 am.

Already, two trucks have been seized at Ram Nagar in Paharganj area since Thursday, and such vehicles are being fined ₹4000- ₹5000 per tonne of the malba they are dumping illegally. This action is taken under sections 357, 397 and 398 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act that prohibits accumulation of rubbish.

The corporation is taking help from the Delhi Government’s Public Works Department (PWD) and Delhi traffic police personnel as well.

“Illegal C&D dumping is a huge problem for us,” Varsha Joshi said, adding, “Fugitive dust from the deposits is not just responsible for air pollution but the debris choke drains and leads to waterlogging when it rains. The committee set NGT for clean Yamuna, led by retired judicial member Bikram Sajwan and former Delhi chief secretary Shailja Chandra, has also been emphasising on tough action against illegal debris dumpers in the meetings with us,” she said.

An IIT Kanpur study from 2016, titled ‘Air Pollution Source Apportionment’, attributed 26% of pollution in summers to ‘soil and road dust’, including fugitive particles from accumulated debris on the streets.

Another officer pointed out that it costs the north civic body crores of rupees to clean up illegally dumped debris from roadsides each year. “It requires hiring of trucks, earth-moving machines and huge manpower to shift hundreds of tonnes of malba.

On an average, 500-600 tonne malba is lifted from different locations in north municipality area daily, and annually, this costs us about ₹7-₹8 crore extra expenditure,” said an officer requesting not to be named.

Notably, the north municipality also brought out a public notice on Saturday publishing a fresh list of 87 designated debris dumping sites. “These are being provided for people undertaking small demolition/ renovation work at their houses to conveniently drop the debris here. Those undertaking big demolition work must deposit the debris at our Burari C&D recycling plant or Bhalswa,” Varsha Joshi said.

“Importantly, people dumping waste at the designated sites must collect a receipt of the same from the engineer deployed at these places. This receipt must be furnished when the Junior Engineer (Building) of their residential area visits their houses. If no receipt is furnished, it will be assumed that the debris has been dropped illegally and fines will be levied accordingly,” she said.

Already, 40 such notices have been issued in the Karol Bagh area in the past few days and ₹4.5 lakh collected in fines.

First Published:
May 20, 2019 07:40 IST

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