Court notice to Metro over elevated track in south Delhi

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2009 15:00 hrs

The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued a notice to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on a petition of residents that the elevated stretch of the upcoming Central Secretariat-Badarpur line be made underground. The company is compromising on quality to meet the Commonwealth Games 2010 deadline, ther petition alleged.

Admitting the plea of the residents welfare associations of south Delhi, a division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Manmohan asked the DMRC to file its reply by Aug 18, the next date of hearing.

The petitioners allege that the Metro is bypassing all the safety measures and cited as an example the accident at Zamrudpur that killed six people July 12.

The petitioners have sought that the court direct the Delhi Metro to construct an underground line over 6 km from Lajpat Nagar to Kalkaji on the Central Secretariat-Badarpur section.

The RWAs oppose the elevated stretch citing environmental and safety concerns. They claim that an elevated stretch would lead to increased noise pollution and affect the environment.

The petition has been filed by the E-Block Residents' Welfare Society, the Greater Kailash Society, the Defence Colony Residents' Welfare Association, the Lajpat Nagar-III Neighbourhood Residents' Association and the Kailash Fraternity and Kailash Colony Association.

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