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To: Lieutenant Governor of Delhi
Stop Extended Construction and Pollution in Delhi
Dear Mr. Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, INDIA
Hundreds of thousands of people in India's capital New Delhi are facing an immediate threat from dust and noise pollution, as group housing societies are carrying out unchecked construction activity under dubious FAR (floor area ratio) rules to extend their existing buildings while people are still living in those buildings.
The additional dust pollution in the inhabited housing complexes is like adding fuel to the fire, as people are already experiencing enormous health risks because of environmental pollution.
Besides dust pollution, the construction activity also causes noise pollution with constant hammering in houses. It will obviously disturb sick and elderly residents (senior citizens) as well as students who stay at their homes.
As the extended construction will damage the environment with dust pollution, it will violate the Article 21 of Indian Constitution which assures the citizens of India the right to a healthy, pollution-free environment.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has also observed that one of the major sources of air pollution is dust emission from construction activities, which must be stopped to avoid pollution-related diseases and deaths.
While the residents want to live in a clean, pollution-free environment, they hope that the government will not allow any such building extension projects as they are going to be hazardous to human health and lives.
Since the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi is the administrative head of the city government, the onus is on the LG office to stop the extended construction and pollution.
The LG office / Delhi government must publicly announce that the extended construction activity under FAR rules is not permitted in occupied cooperative group housing societies.
Why is this important?
The extended construction activity which will run for years in the housing complexes where people are already living will pose serious health risks to men, women, and children.
The hazardous effects of construction-related pollution will not only be on the residents of affected societies, but it will also harm the entire population of Delhi.
Apart from vehicular pollution, there are damaging thermal effects of dust on climate. Research reveals that dust-related atmospheric aerosol pollution has a hazardous effect on climate.
So, the government should not allow any extended building construction activity in the group housing societies where people are already living.