Pollution Control: How is the Real Estate Sector Contributing?

Industry has been effectively backed into a corner by pollution measures. But the environment is certainly not pristine, and chances are good that more anti-pollution laws are in the offing. With the fast deteriorating air quality in cities, the high stake construction industry should be ready to face the public outrage. The realty sector must brace up to face such challenges.

Pollution Control How is the Real Estate Sector Contributing

Pollution Control How is the Real Estate Sector Contributing

An ASSOCHAM paper has noted that there are a number of environmental concerns that impact the construction industry. These include erosion, contaminated soil, lead paint removal, air contamination by asbestos particles, disposal of hazardous waste, dust control and noise level. The realty sector has to follow the norms laid down by the government to see that their projects do not pollute the environment.

Developers now have started construction of eco-friendly homes. The concept of green homes is now the trend, which all new constructions are trying to follow. Developers have been warned to follow the guidelines issued by the government or they will be fined and their construction sites sealed. Each state has their own laws which the developers have to follow. The NGT [National Green Tribunal] is a body that takes care of environmental issues; they have certain guidelines which the builders have to follow when their project is underway.

The NGT directed pollution control boards in the NCR to crackdown on polluting builders, to inspect constructing sites and impose heavy penalties on defaulters. The state governments have their environmental boards from where the builders have to take environment clearance before starting their projects.

Some measures that can be taken to prevent pollution include:

  • To prevent erosion and run-off, minimize land disturbance and leave maximum vegetation cover.

  • Control dust through fine water sprays to dampen down the site.

  • Screen the whole site to stop the dust from spreading or alternatively, place fine mesh screening close to the dust source.

  • Cover skips or trucks loaded with construction materials and dampen down with low levels of water.

  • Use non-toxic paints and other non-hazardous materials wherever possible.

  • Cover up and protect all drains on the site.

  • No burning of materials on the site.

  • Reduce noise pollution through careful handling of materials, modern, quiet power tools, equipment and generators, low impact technologies and wall structures as sound shields.

The Indian Environment agency and other government bodies are putting pressure on builders to follow the norms, it is cheaper to prevent pollution than to pollute and the name of the builder could also be at risk. Measures to control pollution are relatively inexpensive and cost effective. There are ecofriendly methods by which construction can be carried out and the builders should incorporate these. The realty sector can help reduce pollution and thus control it by following the norms and trying some cost effective methods.

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