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Construction : Web Exclusive | January 2013 | Source : Construction Update

'Ensure zero tolerance for pollution in highway work'

A Jammu and Kashmir Assembly committee on environment, headed by CPI (M) MLA from Kulgam MY Tarigami, has voiced concern over ecological impact of 4-lane Srinagar-Jammu national highway. The panel has stressed on ensuring zero tolerance for pollution and adoption of eco-friendly practices in the construction.

The committee pressed upon Central and State construction agencies to ensure strict implementation of various labour welfare laws such as Workmen’s Compensation Act and Payment of Wages Act to generate interest among the labourers engaged in the project.

Tarigami also asked the State’s Pollution Control Board to submit the internal management assessment report on the project before the committee within a fortnight. The meeting took a detailed view of the impact of various construction activities, including the highway connecting Pathankote, Jammu, Srinagar and Baramulla, on the fragile environment of the state and the remedial measures taken by the concerned construction agencies in this regard.

He reminded that development can take place at any time, but environment once polluted is very difficult to recover. Environmental pollution is detrimental for living beings and there should not be any compromise on it, Tarigami said. He asked the Central agencies to ensure close collaboration with the State environment impact assessment committee in this regard.

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