According to the environmental clearance norms, sound barriers are a must for Metro lines passing through residential areas, schools, and hospitals.
The RWA of Mecon Apartments, a residential society in Sector 62, Noida, has written to Mangu Singh, managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), urging him to instal sound barriers on the stretch of Metro line between Fortis Hospital and a road junction near the local Mamura village.
Copies of the letter have also been forwarded to local MP Mahesh Sharma, MLA Pankaj Singh and Noida Authority, which is an advisory body to Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC).
PR Chandna, the secretary of the society's RWA, has also written to the higher authorities of DMRC. Chandna said once the Metro lines were functional from next year, the noise of the trains would cause immense inconvenience to residents living in multistorey societies along the Metro track in Sector 62.
The resident body has also sought an appointment with DMRC's top officials to discuss the problem.
The DMRC spokesperson told City Spidey that although it was developing Metro lines for NRMC, it was only executing the work as per NMRC’s plans. Hence, the decision of installing sound barriers had to be taken by NMRC.
The state-level environment-assessment committee had already issued a term of reference, under which NMRC had been strictly told to instal sound barriers across the Metro lines passing through residential areas, schools and hospitals in the city. NMRC has to comply with the committee's orders to receive environmental clearance in the form of a No-Objection Certificate (NOC).
Vikrant Tongad, an environmental activist, said, “We have been endorsing the residents' demand, as it is a genuine one. NMRC shouldn’t be partial while installing sound-mitigating technology along the tracks. It should not repeat the same mistake that DMRC made in Delhi, where only some posh localities have been relieved of noise pollution, while the rest are grappling with it. It should adhere to the environmental clearance norms that say sound barriers are a must for Metro lines passing through residential areas, schools and hospitals.”
When City Spidey tried to contact the officials of NMRC's planning cell for a reaction on this, no officer was available for comment.