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5-year-old Girl Petitions NGT alleging noise pollution caused by Delhi Metro

December 13, 2017:

She is seeking shifting of Rohini Sector 18-19 Metro stations to a suitable alternate site as noise levels were found to be above 85 decibels.

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On Tuesday, a Five-year-old child’s complaint alleging the noise pollution due to operation of Delhi Metro trains here has prompted National Green Tribunal to direct DMRC to strictly adhere to the environmental norms.

NGT Bench which is headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to comply with prescribed limits and directed Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to ensure that no noise pollution is caused by its activities, including the construction and operation.

NGT was hearing a plea filed by Rohini resident Samriddhi Goswami, through her father Rakesh Goswami, seeking shifting of the Rohini Sector 18-19 Metro Stations to the suitable alternate site as the noise levels were found to be above 85 decibels.

Girl, in her plea filed through Advocates Salik Shafique and Rahul Khurana, has sought erection of the sound barriers around Rohini Sector-18 Metro Station in West Delhi and compensation for causing the trauma due to the noise pollution due to the construction and trial of Metro Rail and Station.

Petition states that Applicant has made several complaints through her father to various authorities. But her grievance was not redressed and complaint was disposed by Delhi Metro with remarks that “grievance can’t be resolved to satisfaction of customer”.

While referring to Environment Impact Assessment Report of the Metro Stations prepared in August 2011, petition further states that Document provides that the noise pollution may not pose a health risk but can lead to the sleep disorders, stress, high blood pressure and anxiety.

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