Staff Reporter

All environmental concerns taken into account, says DMRC

NEW DELHI: While constructing the Yamuna Bank station on the river bed, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had taken into account all environmental concerns.

According to DMRC, the Central Water and Power Research Station, Pune, conducted a study and the Yamuna Standing Committee gave clearance after which construction was under taken in the area. The DMRC was given permission to carry out construction in the area by the committee on the condition that its work will not obstruct the flow of the river.

To ensure this, DMRC constructed a 600 m long and 3.5 m high guide bund. The water way has been provided 600 m towards the left side. In addition, 2500 trees have been planted and 295 were transplanted in the depot area. Another 1,000 trees are being planted, said the DMRC.

However, activists of the Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan were present at the new station on Sunday to protest against encroachment on the river floodplain. The activists have been fighting for a along time now to keep the floodplains free from construction.

In a letter to the DMRC Managing Director, E. Sreedharan, they said the new Yamuna Bank depot is located within 300 m of the river in violation of the Delhi High Court order. “While on one hand all slum clusters were removed from the riverbed keeping in mind the High Court order, on the other the DMRC has been allowed to construct on the floodplain,” the letter said.

A rally was organised by Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan activists in Sunday from Satyagrah Sthal that culminated at the Yamuna Bank station, where a memorandum of protest from local farmers and activist was handed over to the DMRC authorities.