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Supreme Court re-imposes Construction Ban in Delhi-NCR barring few exceptions

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Anushka Sharma –

Published On: November 25, 2021 at 13:20 IST

The Supreme Court has re-imposed the ban on construction activity in Delhi-NCR until further orders, citing the National Capital’s air quality crisis. The Delhi-NCR Commission for Air Quality Management had previously decided to withdraw the Ban as of November 22, citing a small improvement in air quality.

The Ban was re-imposed by a bench consisting of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud, and Justice Surya Kant.

The Court stated, “…as an interim measure, and until further orders, we re-impose the ban on the construction activities in the NCR subject to the following two conditions.”

The Court further elucidated the conditions, “Non-polluting activities relating to construction such as the plumbing work, interior decoration, electrical work and carpentry are allowed to be continued and he States shall use the funds which have been collected as labour cess for the welfare of construction workers to provide them subsistence for the perperiod during which construction activities are prohibited and pay wages notified under the Minimum Wages Act for the respective categories of workers.”

The Court further ordered the Central Government, the States of Delhi-NCR, and the Commission to take immediate action to address the problem.

For further consideration, the matter will be listed on 29.11.2021.