Centre for Science and Environment is holding residential training course on “Greening the Construction Sector” from January 27th to 29th which will be an on-site course. The course aims to equip construction managers/developers and urban local bodies (ULBs) with the necessary technical knowhow for efficient C&D waste management and dust mitigation, both at the city and site levels. Areas ranging from regulatory frameworks to planning for infrastructure to progress reporting protocols as required by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for NACs will be covered in the training.
The current construction chain including construction and demolition (C&D) waste management, site management for dust control, planning and development of related infrastructure among others in most cities is resource-inefficient and environmentally insensitive. As per the latest source apportionment studies, dust potential of the construction sector and other associated sources was responsible for up to 41 per cent of PM10generation in Delhi.
To curb these environmental impacts, the environment ministry issued several guidelines for dust control from C&D activities. C&D waste management rules 2016 were also notified. However, as per CSE’s assessment, implementation of these and earlier regulatory interventions has been very weak. The problem is not limited to Delhi – it can be witnessed across the 124 non-attainment cities (NAC) in India. In extreme circumstances, banning construction activities altogether for extended periods of time has emerged as a measure, which has a severe economic impact. “A combination of actions to green the entire C&D waste chain is the need of the hour,” says CSE.
The course is meant for officials from urban local bodies and other government departments, pollution control officials, regulators, architects, engineers, planners, builders/developers, site managers, students and researchers.