5-Year-Old Drags Delhi Metro To NGT Over Noise Pollution
The complaint of a five-year-old child alleging noise pollution due to the operation of the Delhi Metro trains has prompted the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to direct the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to strictly adhere to environmental norms.
A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the DMRC to comply with the prescribed limits and directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to ensure that no noise pollution is caused by its activities, including construction and operation.
The NGT was hearing a plea filed by Rohini resident Samriddhi Goswami, seeking shifting of Rohini Sector 18-19 Metro stations to a suitable alternate site as noise levels were found to be above 85 decibels.
In her plea filed through advocates Salik Shafique and Rahul Khurana, Goswami has also sought erection of sound barriers around the Rohini Sector 18 Metro station in west Delhi. She has also sought compensation for trauma caused to her due to noise pollution.
The plea said the applicant had made several complaints through her father to various authorities. However, her grievance was not redressed and the complaint was disposed by the Delhi Metro with remarks that the "grievance can't be resolved to the satisfaction of customer".
Referring to the Environment Impact Assessment Report of Metro stations prepared in August 2011, the plea has said the document provides that noise pollution may not pose a health risk, but, can lead to sleep disorders, stress, high blood pressure and anxiety.
The petition has made the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Delhi government, the Central Pollution Control Board, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as parties in the case.
With inputs from Housing News