The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has issued challan to several public and private establishments including the DJB, Delhi Gate, IP Estate, BSES Rajdahani Power Ltd Nehru Place, and Godrej Construction for allegedly violating the National Green Tribunal (NGT) norms.

The civic body has issued altogether 108 challans, slapping fines amounting to Rs15 lakh in this regard. SDMC commissioner Gyanesh Bharti has directed the officials to adopt “zero tolerance on air pollution” in the city.

The SDMC said the Central Zone civic official slapped challans on the Godrej Construction site at Okhla (Rs 5 lakh fine) and the L&T Construction Infrastructure (Rs 5 lakh fine) and Pragati Maidan among others and secured a fine of Rs 11 lakhs from their construction sites.

The SDMC said the Central Zone also took action against 4 other construction sites at New Friends Colony and Lajpat Nagar and issued 82 other challans for various violations. The South Zone collected fine amounting to Rs 17, 600 for action against 10 cases of garbage burning, 3 cases of construction, and demolition waste and 6 other cases of road dust.

The patrolling teams in sufficient numbers have been constituted to take instant action against violators including erring government and other institutions. “The teams have been told to roam round the clock on rotation basis and submit daily action report, said Bharti. He also said that the Licencing department has been authorised to take strict action against sale of polluting crackers during the festive season.

The Commissioner said separate teams have been constituted to take action against garbage and biomass burning, emission and dust pollution from construction activities, construction and dumping activities, road dust and air polluting industries across the SDMC area. “In all 108 challan has been slapped on the violators resulting in fine of around Rs 15 lakhs, further in case of the 10 violation the quantum of the fine will be decided by the concerned court including the court of metropolitan magistrate,” he added.