A National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench headed by chairperson justice Swatanter Kumar, on December 12, 2017, directed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to comply with the prescribed decibel limits and directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to ensure that no noise pollution is caused by its activities, including construction and operation. The NGT’s direction came, while it was hearing a plea filed by five-year-old Rohini resident Samriddhi Goswami, through her father Rakesh Goswami, seeking shifting of Rohini sector 18-19 metro stations to a suitable alternate site, as noise levels were found to be above 85 decibels.
The girl child, in her plea filed through advocates Salik Shafique and Rahul Khurana, has also sought erection of sound barriers around the Rohini Sector 18 metro station in west Delhi and compensation, for causing trauma due to noise pollution due to construction and trial of the metro rail and the station. The plea said that the applicant has made several complaints through her father, to various authorities. However, her grievance was not redressed and the complaint was disposed by the Delhi Metro, with remarks that the ‘grievance can’t be resolved to the satisfaction of customer’.
Referring to the Environment Impact Assessment Report of metro stations prepared in August 2011, the plea has said the document provides that noise pollution may not only pose a health risk but can lead to sleep disorders, stress, high blood pressure and anxiety. The petition has made Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Delhi government, the Central Pollution Control Board, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, as parties in the case.