Delhi

Railway Board chief assures NGT of clean tracks and platforms

Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal on Wednesday assured the National Green Tribunal that the railway tracks and platforms have improved and will improve further.

He further said that there were plans to erect boundary wall along the tracks in the Delhi area by March 31, 2018.

Appearing before the NGT Bench headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, Mr. Mittal assured the Tribunal of his commitment towards cleaning the tracks and other railway property.

The counsel for Railways, Om Prakash, informed the Tribunal that Rs. 1.4 crore has already been allocated for repairing the wall along the 163-km in the area.

Already, Rs. 25 lakh and Rs. 40 lakh had been released for developing green areas around the Delhi and New Delhi areas.

On Thursday, A.K. Puthia, General Manager, Northern Railway, along with Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi, and a team of senior officers will inspect the stations and track between the New Delhi and Azadpur railway stations to assess the impact of steps taken for cleanliness.

Besides Mr. Mittal, commissioners of all municipal corporations appeared before the NGT which was critical of their failure in cleaning railway tracks and properties.

On Wednesday morning, the Bench summoned the commissioners and the CEO of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board to be present at the in-chamber hearing. The Railways said it had identified 46 locations for MCD to install dustbins.

The corporations are drawing up a plan to work with the Railways for clearing the municipal solid waste of its property.

Counsel for municipal corporations Balendu Shekhar said the civic bodies will do what is required of them.

The Railways has been pressing DUSIB to remove encroachments, particularly those which have cropped up in the last six months at Shahdara and Patel Nagar .

Besides , 65 permanent dwellers in and around Azadpur station have been served notices by the Railways under the Polluter Pays Principle for littering and dirtying railway property.

The Railways said it has to erect boundary wall along 273 km track in the Delhi area. Boundary wall exists along 163 km and needs repair for which Rs. 1.4 crore has already been sanctioned.

Mr. Prakash said due to severe encroachments, boundary wall cannot be erected along 22 km. The remaining 88 km stretch is under administrative consideration.

He said that 4,900 jhuggies have been removed till 2013.



On Thursday, officials will inspect the track between New Delhi and Azadpur stations to take stock of the cleanliness measures



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