Supreme Court Re-Imposes Construction Ban In Delhi

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The Delhi government lifted the ban on construction and demolition activities on Monday.

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court reimposed the ban on construction activities in Delhi today after taking note of the air quality. Non-polluting construction-related activities such as plumbing, interior decoration, electrical work and carpentry are allowed to continue. The court also ordered states to use funds collected under the Construction Workers and Other Construction Workers Social Protection Act 1996 to assist construction workers who suffer job losses in reason for the prohibition to provide for their needs.

The order reads: “… as an interim measure, and until further notice, we reimpose the ban on construction activities in the NCR subject to the following two conditions: –
(i) Non-polluting construction-related activities such as plumbing, interior decoration, electrical and carpentry work are allowed to continue;
(ii) States should use the funds that have been collected under the labor tax for the welfare of construction workers to provide them with subsistence during the period in which construction activities are prohibited and to pay the charges. wages notified under the Minimum Wage Act for the respective categories of workers. “.

The Delhi government lifted the ban on construction and demolition activities on Monday as air quality improved. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had argued that the ban on construction activities in the nation’s capital had been lifted because air quality had improved slightly. Delhi’s air quality index this morning was 290, up from 403 last week.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said today that only trucks and tempos running on compressed natural gas (CNG), except those engaged in essential services, will be allowed entry to Delhi from November 27.

The Air Quality Management Commission in the National Capital Region and surrounding areas met on November 21 and made the decision to lift the ban.

The bench that adopted the order included Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Judge DY Chandrachud and Judge Surya Kant.

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