Construction debris in Delhi is choking roads, wetlands and green areas and the problem is becoming more acute every year.

Power project on Lamba Dug

Residents of the Chhota Bhangal area of Baijnath sub-division have announced that they will intensify their agitation against a private power company, who is constructing a 25 MW power house on the Lamba Dug in Multhan.

After noticing Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) violations such as blockage of tidal water by dumping of debris in the creeklet and dumping close to mangrove patches in the City and Industrial Develop

At present, dumpers, cement mixers and earth movers are being used in the area just outside the STP at Jesal Park.

Although the Bombay High Court (HC) has banned reclamation and construction on wetlands across the state, the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has undertaken drainage work in mangrove areas next to its sewage treatment plant (STP) and allowed the construction of a concrete jetty at Jesal Park in Bhayander.

"When I see a building, I think of a river", says Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment. Confused? Wondering what is the connection between a sprawling mall, a huge hospital, a humble house or an office complex and a river? River beds are being literally emptied out. Why? to meet the demand of the construction industry. The amount required is massive, and will only grow in the coming years.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Resident Welfare Association Vs. DMRC & Ors. regarding the concrete mixing plant established for construction of Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS)-General Public utility and consent to establish or operate the said plant.

Original Source: http://www.greentribunal.gov.in/orderinpdf/345-2013(OA)_13Jan2014.pdf

No Rules For Disposal Of Debris Or Standard For Reuse In Construction
New Delhi: Where do the debris (m a l b a) left after the renovation of your house go? Either it remains near your plot, or is dumped along roads, vacant plots and water bodies. In Delhi, for instance, tons of debris are dumped on the Yamuna floodplains, choking it gradually. If planners decide, the debris from construction can be put to better use, like making new roads, buildings, pavements and even flooring tiles, with some effort.

With a spurt in urbanisation, cities are facing serious environmental consequences due to construction and demolition waste which needs to be recycled and reused, experts said here Monday.

At a seminar "Waste to Resource", experts pointed out ways and means to reuse construction material to build buildings which are sustainable.

India belched over 626 million tones of construction and demolition (C&D) waste in 2013, which is 52 times more than the ministry of environment and forests’ estimate of construction and demolition waste.

The MoEF continues to quote the grossly underestimated figure of 10-12 million tones of waste being generated annually. This is a decade-old estimate given to the ministry in 2000 by the ministry of urban development.

The Delhi Master Plan 2021 should make it mandatory for each zone to have a designated area for waste disposal, said Sunita Narain, Director-General of the Centre for Science and Environment on Monday

Ms. Narain said: “The new Master Plan needs to have an environment service zone so that no zonal plan can be passed on disposal of liquid or solid waste without its approval.”

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