New Delhi, Nov 8: Delhi Metro on Monday declared that it was suspending its construction activities, after the recommendation issued by the state government to help reduce the smog which continues to blanket the city.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) decided to halt all its excavation, backfilling work and also any activity that causes dust in the atmosphere for next five days.
DMRC also announced that it will sprinkle water at all sites to keep the dust on the ground.
“Water is sprinkled on daily basis to avoid soil erosion and dust pollution. Grass paving and tree plantation are also quick and effective means of dust control as grass covers and protects exposed loose soil when winds kick up as the soil stays put,” the statement said.
“The muck or soil generated from excavation is disposed off at designated areas using dumpers with tarpaulin cover on top. Wheels of trucks exiting construction sites are thoroughly washed before they enter public roads,” it added.
Besides the government advisory, these steps were based on DMRC’s Environmental Policy, which also includes segregation of waste before disposal and recycle of such waste, the transport body said.
The air pollution has reached to severe levels in Delhi and nearby states since the end of October, due to burning of crop stubble and some due to firecrackers during Diwali days. The environmentalists have attributed the situation to very calm to negligible wind, resulting in failure of dispersion of smoke.
Delhi government in its response ordered to close all schools for three days and banned all construction activities in the capital starting from Monday.