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Jung lifts ban on construction in Delhi

The decision to lift ban on construction was taken in a meeting chaired by Jung to review the condition of air pollution in Delhi

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday lifted the ban on construction and demolistion activities in Delhi, imposed earlier this month to tackle severe air pollution levels. Jung lifted the ban “in view of the loss of income of daily wage labourers and the labouring class”.

The decision to lift ban on construction was taken in a meeting chaired by Jung to review the condition of air pollution in Delhi  which was attended by PWD minister Satyendar Jain, Environment minister Imran Hussain and others. The last meeting had been chaired by him on November 7, where he had ordered to de-register diesel vehicles older than 15 years, Times of India reported.

“In view of the loss of income to daily wage labourers and the labouring class, Lt Governor directed that the ban on construction/demolition activities be lifted forthwith,” a statement from the LG office said. “It was directed that the DPCC guidelines for minimising dust in construction sites shall be adhered to strictly,” it added.

To improve the air quality in the city, which had dropped to hazardous levels after Diwali, the Delhi government and the lieutenant governor had imposed a number of restrictions, These included keeping school shuts, banning diesel vehicles, firecrackers and construction works, as well as temporarily shutting down the Badarpur Power Plant. Jung has now directed authorities to strictly monitor the ban on firecrackers during the wedding season.

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